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Woof-A-Palooza: Movin' paws for a worthy cause

By Karen McMaster
Posted Friday, July 29, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - Just put one paw in front of the other and you're all set to join the fun at the Woof-A-Palooza dog walk benefiting Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (C.A.R.E.). The 4th Annual Woof-A-Palooza will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 2005, from 10 am to 2 pm, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC. You and your pet will have a howling good time as you enjoy the activities, contests, demonstrations and refreshments.

"This year's walk should be even more fun than last year's," says Fundraising Chair and Board Member Karen McMaster. "Hurricane Ivan and the aroma of all those wet dogs could not put a damper on loyal animal supporters as they helped raise more than $7,000 for C.A.R.E.'s programs at the 2004 walk". Proceeds from the walk provide critical veterinary care and supplies for the animals in C.A.R.E.'s foster program. The walk also supports humane education programs in Chatham County Elementary Schools.

McMaster says that a number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for businesses that want to reach the lucrative community of North Carolina animal lovers. "Woof-A-Palooza provides a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and services while benefiting the animals." There are three levels of corporate sponsorship available: Gold Sponsorship at $500, Silver Sponsorship at $250 and Bronze Sponsorship at $125.

Participating in Woof-A-Palooza will help save the lives of animals in our community. Top fundraisers will receive prizes at this year's Woof walk, so now is the time for animal lovers to begin colleting pledges or organizing walking teams made up of family, friends, co-workers, church groups or civic organizations. Walk applications and additional information about CARE are available online.

FMI: E-mail or call 919-542-5757.

Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit humane society. All the animals in the C.A.R.E. system are fostered by volunteer foster caregivers. C.A.R.E. pays for food and routine medical expenses such as spay or neuter and vaccinations. Adoption fees cover the very basic medical expenses of animals, but they do not cover additional treatments that some animals require. Donations, pledges and sponsorships from the walk will be used to help pay the veterinary expense of animals in the C.A.R.E. system.

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