The Heart & Sole Walk raises funds to care for homeless pets in need throughout the year. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges and earn great prizes at the same time.
This year, adults who raise $125 and kids who raise $75 will receive a limited-edition Walk T-shirt and eco-friendly water bottle. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the shelter animals.
This year, the walk will feature a first-ever Cat Lovers Unite Walk Team, the Pussy Footers.
Teams from local schools, health clubs, small and large businesses are invited to form teams as an opportunity to build community and achieve special recognition for making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.
The Heart & Sole Walk is a huge event for animal lovers. People can participate with or without their dogs, walk in honor or memory of their cats or other favorite pet or form a “pack” with friends or family members.
Employees of businesses are encouraged to join together to participate. Registration is available online at www.PotterLeague.org by mail or in person at the Potter League.
Check-in starts at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at noon.
Morning festivities include a smart & fit pet challenge course, obedience training demonstrations and Q&A, a dog obstacle course, a children’s scavenger hunt and face painting, feline fur-tography contest and the infamous pet contests.
New this year will be the addition of a Healthy Pet Marketplace filled with pet care professionals to discuss acupuncture and massage therapy for pets, oral hygiene, veterinary care, pet nutrition, training, healthy pet treats, Canine Good Citizen certification and adoption information.
Information tables will be manned by the Potter League staff, volunteers, local veterinarians, specialists and sponsors.
Participants can register online and create their own personalized fundraising page to collect pledges or download a registration form and sponsor sheet. To receive a brochure by mail, call Susan at 401-846-0592, ext. 125, or visit the shelter at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown.
Refreshments and lunch will be available at the park on the day of the walk.
The Heart & Sole Walk for the Animals is free to those who pre-register by June 1 and raise $50 in pledges. Children, 8 years and under, are free.
There is a $20 entry fee for those who do not raise pledges or pre-register by June 1 and a $25 fee on the day of event.
The event is sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet, People’s Credit Union, Moriarty’s Fence Company, Frontline Plus, The Landings, Pfizer Animal Health, WPRI FOX Providence, Animal Print Magazine, Rhythm Productions, Custom House Coffee, Crystal Spring Water Co, Stop & Shop Newport and Middletown, Coca Cola, Dave’s Marketplace and Bagel Boys.
For more information, visit www.PotterLeague.org.