Standish Humane Society's Benefit Walk For Animals To Be Held Sunday September 28th

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"The 14th annual Folk & Fur Fest to aid spay/neuter program for needy pets."

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The Standish Humane Society announces its 14th annual Folk and Fur Fest http://www.standishhumanesociety.com/html/events.html (Event Website), on Sunday, September 28 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Wompatuck State Park Union Street, in Hingham, Massachusetts. Pet businesses, animal rescue groups and animal lovers are coming out of the woods to make the day an exciting and festive event that will pack a punch with animals and the people who love them.

The pet festival kicks off with a 3-mile walk on a paved and handicapped-accessible route through the beautiful state forest. The walk registration begins at 10am and continues through the morning and afternoon. A free T-shirt will be given for every registration donation of $50 or more. Donations over $250 will receive a specially inscribed garment. Other awards for the top three fundraisers include prizes and getaways.

The Folk & Fur Fest is purrfect for families, pet lovers, dogs and kids. Featured events include folk music performances, pet contests, animal rescue groups, pet or human massage, a dog micro-chipping clinic and, the always popular Dog Contests, where dogs can win prices for: Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, Loudest Bark, Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick, Best Smoocher, Best Pound Dog, Best Costume, and Best Owner Look Alike. All dogs must be wearing a current rabies vaccination tag and have up to date vaccinations.

The Folk & Fur Festival is Standish Humane Society's main benefit; the donations received during the walk supports an active Spay/Neuter program, and a No-Kill Cat Shelter. "It's critical that we raise funding for this program because we subsidize a tremendous amount of it for South Shore pet owners in financial need." said Marilyn Phillips, Secretary for Standish Humane Society. "Currently we're sterilizing about 75 cats per month and around 15 dogs, and the numbers have been on the rise." Last year the program subsidized nearly $50,000 in spay and neuter services, but the total expenses for the program cost over $70,000 a year.

Pet lovers who want to get involved can help by collecting donations in advance, make a contribution at the walk, organize a walk team with friends and their dogs, or by participating in the events during the festival. Event goers can shop till they drop at the vendors' tent. Standish Humane Society volunteers sell t-shirts, sweaters, hats, tote bags, blankets, and more to raise money for the shelter animals. "Some of our vendors are offering services and donating part or all of the funds to Standish." commented Elaine Richardson, Co-President. "When pets and their owners shop at the Standish table or have a massage or decide to have their dog micro-chipped at our clinic, they will be helping raise additional funds for the program."

Delicious lunch menu options will be available, like home made chili, chowder, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips, soda and water, and a variety of baked goods.

Best of all, if your heart and home is looking for a new pet, Standish Humane Society and other local and regional animal rescue groups will be on hand to discuss breed specific traits and pet adoption options.

For more information on how you can become involved in the event or to request a registration form, call (781) 834 4663 or visit the website http://www.standishhumanesociety.com/html/events.html. (Website)Donations can be mailed to: Standish Humane Society, P.O. Box 634, Duxbury, MA 02331.

The Folk & Fur Fest is sponsored:Adams, Chase, Emerson Inc., Anderson Insulation, Alvin Hollis, Animal Pharm LLC, Assinippi Trading Post, Brueggers, Hanover, Campbell Pet Company, Captain John Boats, Eclano Restaurant - Boston / North End, Enterprise Security Consultants LLC, H. Magnetics , Hanson Grain / Scituate Fitts Mill, Hy-Line Cruises, Inland Professional Corp, Many, Paws Pet Villa, Marriott Tudor Wharf Hotel - Charlestown Navy Yard , Maxwell's, Mount Monadnock Spring Water, Museum of Science, Boston, Old Derby Animal Clinic, Pacini's Italian Eatery, Panera Bread Hanover, Pet Gazette, Roche Brothers , Scituate Harbor Chiropractic, Shaws, Hanover, Shaws, Hanson, South Shore Savings Bank, Smart Destinations / Go Boston, Boston, MA, Storybook Cove, The Lamb & Lion, Barnstable, The Barnstable Restaurant & Tavern, Tiny & Sons Glass, Trader Joes, Wee Stitches and Wild Birds Unlimited.

Standish Humane Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of volunteers dedicated to the care and placement of lost, stray, and abandoned pets in southeastern Massachusetts.

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