Walk & Wag 2016: Dogs and owners are welcome!

It’s time for runners and walkers of both two- and four-legged varieties to get their feet and paws ready for the Cayman Islands Humane Society Walk & Wag 5K charity walk and run. The annual event pairs up human and canine runners for a fantastic morning and helps raise much needed funds for the society.

The Walk & Wag weaves its way through the scenic surroundings of Camana Bay on Jan. 10 at 7:30 a.m., with registration scheduled for 6:30 a.m. People can participate on their own for $25, or in teams, with corporate rates of $20 per person for a team with a minimum of 10 people.

Both sole participants and teams can wear their normal running or walking attire, or may even wish to dress up in funky regalia to inject even more fun into the day. T-shirts will be available for the first 250 participants.

Those who wish to run with a dog but do not have a dog of their own, can borrow one of the friendly mutts housed at the Humane Society. This allows the shelter dogs to get out for the morning, socialize with other dogs and people, expend some energy and maybe catch the eye of a prospective adoptive parent who is also participating or simply watching the event take place. It also allows dog-free residents, or people visiting from overseas without their pets, to take part in the Walk & Wag.

The Humane Society and major sponsor Island Veterinary Services hope this annual event will continue to provide much needed funds for the shelter as the entry fees go to the Humane Society and help them keep the shelter and its services going.

As well as providing homes for unwanted and stray animals, the shelter provides basic necessities, medical treatment, and care and attention to the animals who call it home – over 100 animals at present.

The costs to run the Humane Society are approximately $45,000 – $50,000 a month, so every penny counts.

Those interested in participating in the Walk & Wag can sign up at the Humane Society daily, or at Foster’s Food Fair – IGA at The Strand on Jan. 2 and 9.

Call 949-1461 for more information, or visit the Cayman Islands Humane Society website at www.caymanislandshumanesociety.com.