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Dog walk and fair will raise money for animals

The fundraising “Paws for a Cause” dog walk and fair is planned for May 22 in Medford. [Mail Tribune/File photo]

The Jackson County Friends of the Animal Shelter is inviting all dog lovers to register for the sixth annual “Paws for a Cause” dog walk and fair, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 22.

The fundraising walk was canceled the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Almeda fire, but organizers hope for a good showing this year. In 2019, the last year the event was held, 150 dogs and their humans took part.

The walk features one- and two-mile options that begin at Nature’s Pet Market, 969 Medford Center Drive, and wind through Hawthorne Park and downtown Medford, with pit stops along the way.

Dogs and walkers will return to Nature’s Pet Market for a fair with food, prize drawings, a costume contest for dogs, four-legged games and a tribute to alumni dogs previously adopted from the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Participants can visit booths to get free samples from manufacturers and distributors of pet products, and learn about animal rescue groups and pet-oriented local businesses.

Registration is $25 per dog, which includes a bag of dog goodies. Those who register by May 1 qualify for more chances to win baskets of pet goodies worth up to $75.

To register in advance, visit www.fotas.org/dog-walk.

Registration can also be done the day of the event starting at 9 a.m. near Nature’s Pet Market.

The nonprofit Friends of the Animal Shelter is dedicated to the well-being and adoption of animals at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. It also supports programs that promote the humane treatment of homeless cats and dogs in the community.