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‘Walk for Animals’ will be Sept. 9 at Franke Park

Owners and their dogs are invited to participate in a one-mile walk through Franke Park as part of the 31st Walk for Animals to help fight neglect and cruelty through education and community outreach. This year’s event will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and the walk noon.

This year, participants will be walking in honor of Joan of Arc, now known as Jaynee. Jaynee’s story with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control started in May of 2017 when the office received a call from the Indiana State Board of Health about 16 dogs in deplorable conditions at a breeder’s home in a neighboring county. Jaynee was fenced into a kennel with another dog with no way out and no access to water. Fearful, Jaynee and the other dogs were brought back to the shelter, assessed and eventually put into adoptions. Jaynee is now with a loving family.

Proceeds will go to Animal Care’s Humane Education department to help fund educational programs for area schools, scout groups and youth organizations. Funds will also be used for summer camps to teach compassion and empathy through animals. Registration for adults is $30 and children under 12 are just $10. Every person registered gets a t-shirt and each dog will get a bandana. Groups can register as a dog pack, but each member of pack must register as an individual first. Prizes will be awarded to top pledge earners.

Registration is available online at www.fwacc.org under the Events tab or at the Walk. Pledges also can be submitted at the walk.

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