Rotary Club of Meriden, Connecticut
2nd Annual Pet Fair,<br>Dog Walk & 5K Road Race
Rotary Club of Meriden


Annual Pet Fair and 5k Planned for Saturday June 25th at Hubbard Park


MERIDEN — The eigth annual Pet Fair and 5K will take place next Saturday, June 25, at Hubbard Park. The event will benefit Saving Paws, a charity formed to aid the local animal shelter.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., animal control officer Sarah Bacon said. The event is run by the Meriden Rotary Foundation and will benefit Saving Paws, the non-profit organization that aids the Meriden Animal Shelter. The animal shelter will receive half of the proceeds from the event, Bacon said.

“It will cover a lot of medical care and help with our spay and neuter program,” Bacon said. “This event is huge for us. It will probably be the largest donation fundraiser that we have ever had.”

In addition to the 5k, there will be a dog walk and a children’s fun run.

There will also be activities for children and families, including face painting and a bounce house, Bacon said.

New this year will be the inclusion of a variety of food trucks, Bacon said. The fair will include vendors for all kinds of animal products along with other assorted businesses, Bacon noted. There will also be dog rescue groups at the event with adoptable dogs. David Lake, a member of the Meriden Rotary and event co-chairman, said the event is a win-win for those who attend and the rescue dogs. Previously the event benefited the Central Connecticut Humane Society. The Humane Society put the Rotary members in contact with Saving Paws so a local charity would be able to benefit from the funds, Lake said.

Lake said last year there were between two and three thousand people that attended the event. Around 150 people participated in the 5k and around 120 walkers. Lake said he hopes to get similar numbers this year.

Bacon said those looking to participate can email or register the day of the event or visit their Facebook page. So far this summer Bacon said the shelter has been seeing a higher number of dogs being surrendered by their owners. One of the dogs, Malcom, a seven year old Mastiff mix, was recently brought to the shelter, Bacon said. Malcom’s owner was stationed in Hawaii and moved to Connecticut. The owner fell on hard times and had to surrender Malcom to the shelter, Bacon said.

There are currently about 12 dogs at the shelter being cared for, eight are adoptable, in addition to five cats and a bunny, Bacon noted.

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