In honor of the organization’s 75th anniversary, Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) will host its first ever pet parade on the sidewalks of downtown Highland on June 4 during the 24th annual Paws in the Park sponsored by Olen General Contracting.
Free and open to the public, this annual event will feature entertainment and contests, as well a vendor fair held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Main Square Park in Highland, Ind. The vendor fair will include vendors of all types—pet, product, arts and crafts, and vegetarian food vendors, as well as service providers, demonstrators and more.
Participants in the pet parade/walk-a-thon can dress up their pet; decorate a wagon, stroller or cart; and join the fun. Prizes for parade entries will be awarded to the top three most creative entries as decided by HSCA’s judges. The entry with the largest number of human participants also will win a prize.
In addition to the pet parade, dogs can compete in a talent show and try to complete the dog agility course. Additional activities for humans include a chance to meet an ambassador animal from HSCA’s Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, live entertainment, a photo booth, a pie eating contest, carnival-style games and prizes, food, drinks and more. Local rescue organizations will be on hand with animals available for adoption.
The pet parade/walk-a-thon begins at 10:15 a.m. with registration from 9 to 10 a.m. Walkers can register individually or as a team to raise funds for the animals of HSCA. Leashed pets with a current rabies vaccine are welcome to participate in the walk and attend the event.
Walkers are asked to raise pledges and can earn pledge prizes including a mini button, window cling, t-shirt, tote, hoodie and $50 Target gift certificate at various pledge levels. Proceeds from the event help provide medical care and basic necessities for the animals of HSCA.
Parade packets are available online at www.hscalumet.org/pawsinthepark. Contact Mari Angotti at (219) 513-8911 or [email protected] for more information about the event.
About Humane Society Calumet Area
Founded by concerned citizen Miss Evelyn Sweitzer in 1941, Humane Society Calumet Area aims to lead the community in the humane treatment of animals by providing vital community services. In 2015, 1,328 homeless animals found homes through HSCA and 113 lost animals were reunited with their families. Additional HSCA services include spay and neuter surgeries for families with financial hardship at Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic, a humane education team that teaches local children about pet safety and compassion, and rehabilitation for wildlife at Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.