1st Annual Dog Run will be held October 29th starting at 9:00 am on the Malecon in the Old Port of Puerto Peñasco. The funds from this event will go to the local Pet Rescue Centers in Rocky Point. As with many cities in Mexico, Rocky Point, is not immune to an over population of dogs and cats. The rescue centers are hit hard especially in summer when all the mom’s have their babies. There are always campaigns to spay or neuter your cat or dog, but it is a very difficult task to accomplish. Now days the children are being better educated in the schools about how to take care of your forever friend, but old habits are hard to break.
The event will be #1 a 5K run and #2 a walk. When you enroll to participate in the run you will be looking to win either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. If you and your dog are not into running, sign up for the walk and this will be a short walk around the area. The cost to register is $250.00 pesos and that is for the owner and 1 or 2 dogs. The day of the event only cash will be accepted. If you just want to donate cash, you may take your donation to Rocky Vet before the day of the event and Dr. Adrian Sixto will make sure it goes where it is needed. You may also donate dog or cat food, cat liter or toys at the event.
There are several ways to register for the events. You can go directly to either Rocky Vet or Rocky Pet Hotel and Spa. They are located about 4 blocks south of Numeros or you can take the road north of the rail road tracks left off Sinaloa and follow the signs. Registration can also be done the day of the event on the Malecon. It is important that you can show proof of current vaccinations in order to enter. If you dog has anxiety or can become nervous, they ask that you have muzzles or e-collars for them. The organizers do ask that you be on time in order to hear the schedule and you will also receive some gifts.
No pet… no problem. You can still enter to walk with other pets and their owners. This a great way to learn about the dogs and socialize with them. There is a 2 dog limit per person as to not over run anyone. All dogs must be on leashes and not be aggressive. The staff will have bags for accidents and they will pick the bags up. There will be qualified staff members and local vets on site to talk to.
This type of event is so important to bring up the level of awareness in the dog and cat over population. When dogs and cats are taken in by the various rescue centers, they are spayed and neutered before being adopted and have their first sets of shots. This is the only way to stop this epidemic of pets being allowed to breed day in and day out. One of the local pet rescues will have received well over 1000 dogs this year and is working with a group that takes the puppies to Canada for adoption. All of these puppies and “Senior” dogs have clean bill’s of health for crossing into the United States.
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