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Riverside (CA) Humane Society’s 16th Annual Walk with The Animals Set for March 22; Mayor Ron Loveridge to Serve as Grand Marshal

Riverside Humane Society Pet Adoption Center presents its 16th Annual Walk With The Animals fundraiser on March 22, Fairmount Park, Riverside, CA, with Mayor Ron Loveridge as Grand Marshal. Classic rock station KOLA 99.9 FM with Patti Banner will broadcast live from the event.

Riverside, CA, February 25, 2008 --( Riverside (CA) Humane Society Pet Adoption Center (RHSPAC) presents its 16th Annual Walk With The Animals March 22 from 8 a.m. to noon at Fairmount Park in Riverside. Grand Marshal for the two-mile walk is Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge with his adopted dog Sundance. Proceeds will help provide care and shelter for the cats and dogs awaiting adoption at RHSPAC.

Registration for walkers and their pets starts at 8:00; walk begins at 9:00. Walk With The Animals is free and open to the public. Participation in the walk is not required. There will be food, entertainment, animal-related exhibits, and activities for all ages. Classic rock station KOLA-FM 99.9 with Patti Banner will broadcast live from the event.

Walk participants are encouraged to collect pledges to sponsor their effort. The registration/pledge form is available online at, at RHSPAC, 6165 Industrial St., Riverside, or by calling 951-688-4340, x312.

First prize for collecting the most money is a Saturday night for two in a suite at the Historic Mission Inn, plus Sunday brunch. Second prize is Sunday brunch for two at the Historic Mission Inn. The top business team will be recognized with a commemorative plaque installed in the Pet Adoption Center. All walkers raising $75 receive a Walk t-shirt.

The event features a pancake breakfast, demonstrations by Muttley Crew K-9 Entertainment, Riverside Police Dept.’s K-9 unit, Owner-Pet Look-Alike and Most Talented/Clever Pet contests, bake sale and boutique for people and pets, and raffle. Animal-related exhibits and rescue groups will offer information, products, services, and animals for adoption. There will be free water and pet cleanup bags.

Riverside County Dept. of Animal Services (RCDAS) will offer rabies vaccinations and microchipping. Spay/neuter vouchers will be available. Cindy Tait, president, Center for Healthcare Education, will administer first aid to humans; Dr. Allan Drusys, chief veterinarian, RCDAS, will provide first aid for pets.

Presenting sponsors: City of Riverside Parks, Recreation & Community Services Dept., Canyon Crest Animal Hospital, Frontline Plus, Small Animal Hospital, Starbucks Coffee, Mary S. Roberts Foundation, PETCO, Wal-Mart Van Buren store 2028, La Sierra Veterinary Clinic, D’Elia’s Grinders, Ellen Weinfurtner Attorney at Law, McDonald’s on University Ave., Riverside, and on Valley Way, Rubidoux, and The OC Dog magazine. Supporting sponsors: Whiteside Manor, Inland Printworks, Provident Bank, and Jan Peterson Child Development Center.

RHSPAC is a non-profit public benefit charitable organization that accepts owner turn-ins of cats and dogs and transfers from area animal-control shelters. No healthy, adoptable animal is ever put to sleep. Prior to adoption, each animal is spayed or neutered and microchipped, receives all necessary vaccinations and medical care, is monitored for physical, emotional and mental health, and is socialized. For more information, visit

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