Puppy Up! Walk
Bring your dog and march to raise awareness for canine cancer and help fund research to find a cure.
When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 10 a.m.
Where: Chase Palm Park, 236 E. Cabrillo Boulevard., Santa Barbara
Age limit: All ages
Categories: Calendar of Fundraisers
Santa Barbara’s Chase Palm Park, C.A.R.E.4Paws (www.care4paws.org) and Trusted Pet Partners (www.trustedpetpartners.com) will co-host a dog march to raise awareness for canine cancer and help fund research to find a cure. The event—Santa Barbara County’s first such endeavor takes place simultaneously at more than 30 locations throughout the United States in the month of November.
In Santa Barbara, the two-mile dog march will start and end at the oceanside part of Chase Palm Park, at 236 E. Cabrillo Boulevard (near State Street and Sterns Wharf). Registration starts at 10am and the walk begins at noon. Dog-owners, volunteers from dog shelters and rescue groups, and anyone who has ever been affected by cancer, can pledge to walk a dog for $25, while local companies and pet service providers are encouraged to become Puppy Up! event sponsors. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the Two Million Dogs foundation and 50 percent to C.A.R.E.4Paws to help the Santa Barbara County nonprofit continue its work to reduce pet overpopulation and keep animals out of the shelter.
The story of 2 Million Dogs began with a man named Luke Robinson and his two dogs, Hudson and Murphy, embarking on a walk from Austin, TX, to Boston, MA, following the loss of Robinson’s Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, to cancer. The trio walked from town to town sharing Malcolm’s story and educating people about cancer in dogs. As they built a nationwide grassroots movement, Robinson had a vision: 2,000,000 dogs walking simultaneously all across the United States for cancer. If two dogs could walk over 2,000 miles, surely it was possible. “Through the Puppy Up! Walk, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world—from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians—a partnership forged with the singular purpose of ridding the world of its deadliest disease,” says Robinson.
Dogs, who have strong genetic similarities with humans, get many of the same types of cancers as people do, and have similar responses to cancer-fighting drugs. When diagnosed, dogs often have a shorter survival time than humans, allowing researchers to see if a drug is making a difference in a shorter period. The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. On a local level, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Trusted Pet Partners want to help support this worthy cause.
For more information, visit www.2milliondogs.org
Event posted Sept. 20, 2012
Last updated Sept. 20, 2012