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'Furry 5K' for Seattle Animal Shelter vet fund this weekend

'Furry 5K' for Seattle Animal Shelter vet fund this weekend

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish

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KING5.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Register to run with your dog in the Seattle Animal Shelter’s 14th annual Furry 5K run/walk,  happening on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Seward Park.

Each year, the fun run attracts thousands of two-legged runners accompanied by hundreds of four-legged runners. All proceeds directly support the Shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund.” To register or for more information, go to www.Furry5K.com.

“Because of the generous Furry 5K participants, we have been able to provide veterinary care to thousands of orphaned animals and have been able to guarantee that all adoptable animals will find loving new homes,” said Shelter Director Don Jordan.

More than 3,000 people and 1,500 dogs are expected at this year's race.

The race begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by Pet-a-Palooza, with entertainment, awards and an interactive vendor area.

The Help the Animals Fund was created in 1977 to pay for life-saving veterinary care for sick, injured and abused animals at the Shelter. Volunteers started the Furry 5K in 1999 to raise money for the Fund and to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership. Last year, the Fund covered nearly $150,000 in veterinary bills.

The Seattle Animal Shelter cares for nearly 6,000 stray and owner-surrendered animals each year. Many of these animals arrive sick and injured from living on the streets; others are seized from abusive or neglectful owners.

The Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W., about a mile south of the Ballard Bridge. It is open Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information call (206)386-7387, or visit the website at www.seattleanimalshelter.org

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