The Blaine Public Safety Association’s annual pet walk returns Saturday, April 28 to the walking paths around Lakeside Commons Park starting at 10 a.m.
The second-year event is a targeted fund-raiser to reduce food, medical and dog training costs associated with the Blaine Police Department’s two K-9 units.
“We have about 20 walkers signed up so far,” said BSPA Treasurer Jane Daniels. “The last week [before the event] is usually the time for most sign-ups.”
Participants pay $25 for the first pet registered for the walk and $15 for the second pet, Daniels said. Registration forms are available at www.blainepsa.org.
Event registration fees are non-refundable. The event will take place regardless of weather conditions. Refunds, if any, will be at the discretion of the BPSA.
According to Daniels, the BSPA will also be working raise money for a new Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department display and practice house that will be used during school fire safety demonstrations.
All funds collected by the association support the health and safety those who live, work or play in Blaine. The BSPA supports the SBM Senior Health and Safety Conference and provides safety camp scholarships for second-graders.
“We’ve bought CPR dummies for citizen training and supplies for the SBM Command Van,” Daniels said. “We also purchased a K-9 squad air conditioner.”
Last year, about 50 walkers and their dogs battled cold, windy and rainy weather to raise almost $7,000. Dog owners get a pet goody bag at registration.
Tim Hennagir is at firstname.lastname@example.org