For more than two decades, Dogs for the Deaf has hosted a Dog Walk for fun, to raise awareness about its work, and to raise money to keep rescuing, training and placing Certified Assistance Dogs with clients around the country. This years’ Dog Walk theme is Super Hear-O-Dogs, and pooches of all sizes, shapes and colors are invited to participate with their human partners on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville Elementary School.
Kicking off the event will be Grand Marshall and Miss Oregon 2013 Allison Cook who was born with a hearing disability and has overcome many obstacles to become who she is today. The 23rd Annual Dog Walk will include a Super Hear-O-Dog costume contest, a dog tricks contest, a poker walk, pet photos, raffles, education booths, dog demonstrations, Kids Zone, cash and product prizes, venders and other activities. All ages, and all well-behaved dogs, will find something fun to do during Dog Walk.
The length of the dog walk route is about one mile. The route is easy to walk and goes from the school to Jacksonville’s Historic Courthouse and Jail Museum and back to the school. Individuals can register for $30 per person and bring up to two dogs. Back by popular request the team-oriented option for participants. Groups or families can form a “pack” and compete for special prizes and benefits. A “pack” is a minimum of four people. Pack member pricing is $25 per member and the team commits to raise $500 or more in donations. Packs compete for Top Pack honors which include a team prize valued at over $500 and a Pack Victory Tent at Dog Walk.
Dog Walk registration includes a t-shirt, doggie bandana, lunch, beverages, one raffle ticket, one poker playing card, goodie bag, one photo at the DFD Photo Booth taken by professional photographer David Gibb, and all contest activities. People can register for Dog Walk 2014 by visiting www.dogsforthedeaf.org/dog-walkmor by calling 541-826-9220.
Since 1977, Dogs for the Deaf has been rescuing dogs from shelters where they might otherwise be euthanized, and training them to become certified Hearing and Program Assistance Dogs for people throughout the United States. Dogs for the Deaf’s fundraising goal for this event is $35,000. Their work is supported entirely through donations, grants and events like Dog Walk.