For immediate release - October 11, 2011
Third Annual Walk 4 Animals Benefit Set for This Weekend in Leesburg
The City of Leesburg will host the third annual Walk 4 Animals – one of this area’s biggest events for pet lovers – on Saturday, Oct. 15, to raise money for local animal rescues and non-kill shelters.
The benefit starts at 9 a.m. at Venetian Gardens’ beautiful Ski Beach off of Lakeshore Drive. Activities include a pet costume contest, a doggie wash, low-cost vaccinations, prize giveaways, displays, vendors and canine demonstrations. Jasper - a three-year-old Siamang ape from the Animal Preservation and Education Sanctuary – also will attend.
Participants are encouraged to raise pledges for a leisurely mile-long pet walk through Leesburg’s scenic, tree-lined Palmora Park neighborhood. Walkers will begin at Ski Beach at 10:15 a.m.
Others can mail donations directly to Walk 4 Animals c/o the City of Leesburg, 250 Ballpark Road, Leesburg, Fla., 34748. Proceeds will benefit local rescues and non-kills shelters including the German Shepherd Rescue, Senior Greyhound Rescue, Leesburg Humane Society, The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Second Chance Keeshond, Hound Haven, Pet Connections, Lake County Humane Society and the Animal Preservation & Education Sanctuary.
Participants can decide which shelters receive their donations. Teams are encouraged from schools, neighborhoods, businesses, community organizations and veterinary practices. Prizes will be awarded for the most pledges raised by individuals and groups.
Last year’s event raised nearly $6,000, and several animals were adopted. For more information on Saturday’s event, call 352-455-1025.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.