By Wendy Holdren
The Raleigh County Humane Society is inviting everyone, along with their furry friends, to participate in a 5K-run or 1-mile walk today, then refuel with a spaghetti dinner Tuesday.
The first “The Fast and the Furriest” 5K-run and 1-mile walk will be today at the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex. Registration and sign-in will be from 7 to 8 a.m. and the entry fee is $20.
The 5K-run will kick off at 8:10 a.m. and the 1-mile walk will start at 8:20 a.m.
Free T-shirts will be given to participants while supplies last.
Teresa Staton-Cole, president of the Humane Society Board of Directors, said all the proceeds from this event will help provide housing, feeding, vaccinations and medical expenses for the animals housed at the shelter.
“Medical is a big expense,” Staton-Cole said. “It’s very expensive to run a shelter.”
The event also promotes fitness for pets and pet owners. “It’s an all-around good idea,” she said.
Staton-Cole said two board members, Ryan Gilkerson and Christina Rhodes, initially came up with the idea for a 5K and they have been working on putting the event together for the past seven months.
Another fundraiser will be Tuesday at the Beckley Moose Lodge, 410 New River Drive, also to aid the Raleigh County Humane Society.
A spaghetti dinner, including salad, bread, and your choice of coffee, water or tea, will be available from 6 to 8 p.m., with both dine-in or take-out options.
Dinners are $10, and 200 tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased at the Moose Lodge or at the animal shelter until 4:30 p.m. Monday.
“The Moose Lodge donated their dining room and all the food for the event,” Staton-Cole said.
She said this isn’t the first time the Moose Lodge has helped raise money for their furry friends. Last summer, they hosted a bake sale, hot dog sale and yard sale that raised $1,600 for the Humane Society.
“We are a nonprofit organization. We run completely off of donations.”
Staton-Cole said they have a policy that any sick or injured animals that need medical treatment will be taken to the vet.
For more information, call Staton-Cole at 304-222-0233.
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