Runners, Walkers and Dogs Invited to Spay the Stray 5K

Runners and walkers, as well as their pooches, are invited to hit the pavement as Humane Society Calumet Area (HSCA) and Lan-Oak Park District host the sixth annual Spay the Stray 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 10 in Lansing, Ill.

The race begins at 9 a.m. at Eisenhower Center, 2550 178th St., Lansing, Ill. The fast and flat course travels through a quiet neighborhood. All ages are welcome to participate. Proceeds benefit spay and neuter surgeries performed at HSCA’s Estelle Marcus Animal Clinic.

New this year, leashed dogs are welcome to participate in the 5K run/ walk and walkers can choose whether they would like their walk timed.

“There aren’t many local races that allow dogs to participate with their owners and we are excited to offer this chance for dogs and owners to bond and socialize with other runners and pet owners,” HSCA Special Events Coordinator Mari Angotti said.

Registration takes place from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and an awards ceremony follows the race. Awards will be presented to the top three runners in each age group, the overall top male and female runners and the top three walkers.

Before Sept. 8, registration costs $20 and t-shirts are available for an additional $10. After Sept. 8 and on the day of the race, registration costs $30. A limited number of t-shirts will be available for sale at the race.

To register online or download a registration form, visit www.hscalumet.org/spaythestray.asp. Registration forms also are available at Humane Society Calumet Area, 421 45th St., Munster, Ind; Paws Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave., Highland, Ind. and Eisenhower Center, 2550 178th St., Lansing, Ill.

Volunteer, donation and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Mari Angotti at [email protected] or (219) 513-8911, ext. 106.

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, 1,352 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.