Bark for Life will return to Ramsey’s Draw Park April 27.
The event, which is in its second year, hopes to raise $9,000 or more for the American Cancer Society, said co-chairperson Kim Gust.
This year will start with a blessing of the dogs by Rev. Kyle Sidlo of Saron Lutheran Church of Big Lake following the 9 a.m. registration.
Anoka County Sheriff’s K-9 officer Mesa and partner Deputy Brian Collier will be returning for a second year to meet with the walkers, Gust said.
The event will also honor Myrtle, a basset hound, who is fighting mammary cancer, and owner Heather Hulbert, who adopted Myrtle three years ago.
Bark for Life is a fun event and there will be a lot to do, including games, silent auction, a deejay and a doggie fashion show, said co-chairperson Jean Veldhuizen.
While many activities are planned, many are still being planned, including finding someone to do a dog agility course and training demonstrations, she said.
They are also looking for vendors for the event, Gust said.
The cost to participate is $20 per dog prior to the event or $25 per dog at the event. Each additional dog registration is $5.
Pre-registration will be taken until April 26, Gust said.
Bark for Life is also looking for additional sponsors to join sponsors are BOB 106 FM and Courtney Paal Photography.
Don’t have a dog but want to join in? Happy Tails Rescue will be bringing adoptable dogs to be walked during the event, Gust said.
Last year’s event was the largest Bark for Life in Minnesota with 86 dogs and about 200 to 300 people, Veldhuizen said.
“I would love to have 100 or more dogs and raise more than $9,000,” Gust said.
“I think we can do it.”
Funding cancer research through events like Bark for Life benefits both humans and dogs, Gust said.
Dogs get the same types of cancer as humans do, she said.
Bark for Life also recognizes the benefits dogs give to people who are in pain and suffering, Veldhuizen said.
When someone is suffering, in pain or hurting, they feel better when the dogs come into the room, she said.
For more information on Bark For Life, visit its website www.relayforlife.org/barkanokamn.
Tammy Sakry is at firstname.lastname@example.org