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Bella, 8, canine companion of Autumn and Dan Dougherty, models a sweater for tomorrow’s “Fido Walk.” (Submitted photo)
White Oak Rotary Club will host a “fido walk” at 10 a.m. Saturday to raise money for the White Oak Safe Animal Haven.
Rotary member Dan Dougherty said the fundraiser is designed to replace the “Fido Ball” gala usually held in November.
“With COVID-19, that naturally couldn’t happen, so we came up with the idea of a 5K to replace it this year, and call it the Fido Walk,” Dougherty said. “Folks are invited to bring their dogs to walk with them if they’d like, as long as they’re under control and cleaned up after.”
The walk sets off from the parking lot of Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church, 1656 Lincoln Way. Cost for participants is $20 per person.
Participants who pre-registered will receive a T-shirt. Dougherty said a limited number of shirts will be available for late registrations on Saturday morning.
Participants also may purchase tickets for a basket auction and 50/50 drawing.
Proceeds will go toward construction of a “catio” — cat patio — at the Safe Haven animal shelter near White Oak Municipal Building.
“They have an outdoor screened-in enclosure for cats, that they go out through a door to the outside,” Dougherty said. “It’s kind of worn down, so in the spring we are going to rip it down and rebuild it with the help of a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation.”
The enclosure will allow cats housed at the shelter a chance to experience an outside environment, Dougherty said.
To register, visit the website and click “guest registration.”
Originally published November 20, 2020.