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Paws for a Cause benefits animal shelter

Walk your dog, get some stuff and support adoptions at the Jackson County Animal Shelter — that’s the main idea behind the fifth annual Paws for a Cause Dog Walk and Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept, 15.

The event, which benefits the Friends of the Animal Shelter, will start at Nature’s Pet, 969 Medford Center, in Medford. The event is open to anyone. Registration for the dog walk costs $30 per dog, and includes a T-shirt and a goodie bag.

In its five-year history, the event has raised thousands of dollars for FOTAS, which supports the shelter in an effort to get more animals adopted.

The walk starts at 10 a.m. and winds through Hawthorne Park, then goes up Main Street and back, with pit stops along the way for participating pooches. There will also be agility demonstrations.

“The whole walk, they’re being monitored,” said event coordinator Lorna Bolton. “In general, they do really good.”

Walkers will return to Nature’s Pet for a costume contest, games for dogs, prize drawings, a food truck, vendors and more.

Alumni dogs, or dogs that once resided at the animal shelter and were adopted, will receive special scarves during a special noon presentation.

“I thought they should be honored,” Bolton said. “And the owners, too, who adopted them and gave them good homes.”

To register online, or for more information, see www.fotas.org/event/paws-for-a-cause-pet-walk-and-fair.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.

The fifth annual Paws for a Cause Dog Walk and Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept, 15.