Friends of MADACC will host its first annual Modern Woodmen of America Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC on Saturday, June 22 – and early registration closes May 4. Friends of MADACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of Milwaukee County’s homeless animals housed at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC).
Attendees can participate in the competitive, chip-timed 5K run (for people only) at 9:30 a.m.; the chip-timed 5K run (for people and their dogs) at 9:45 a.m.; or the one- or two mile walk (for people and their dogs) at 10 a.m. The run/walk will take place at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St. in Wauwatosa and will be emceed by Nicole Koglin, Anchor for “FOX6 WakeUp” and “Real Milwaukee.”
Attendees can register for Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC at http://www.madaccwalkrun.org/ by May 4 to save $10 off the entry fee. Children 13 and under are free. Day of registration will be available, but the commemorative Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC tech T-shirt availability or size is not guaranteed.
New this year, Friends of MADACC is offering a “Give Back Program” for the many rescue groups and shelters throughout Wisconsin that help find permanent homes for the cats, dogs, rabbits, goats, and other animals from MADACC. Registrants can donate $2 of their registration fee to any of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit placement partners who have rescued animals from MADACC. Simply type in the name of the shelter or rescue in the question section of the online registration form via http://www.madaccwalkrun.org/ and $2 will be added to that placement partner’s “give back” amount.
Following the run/walk, Central Bark Doggy Day Care and Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists will host Fido Fest, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fido Fest is a free admission event and will also benefit Friends of MADACC. The event will include pet-friendly vendors, adoptable animals, food, and a beer tent. Fido Fest will also have kid-friendly and canine activities, including agility, lure coursing, dock diving demonstrations, pet contests, and more.
All paid registered runners and walkers of Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC will also receive a goody bag. Medals will be awarded to the overall male and female 5K finishers, plus the top finisher in each of fourteen age groups.
To add to the fun and increase the benefit to the animals, participants can also create their own teams. A team can be made up of family, friends, co-workers, companies, or any group that shares a passion to save lives. Teams help increase the number of lives saved and second chances given – and earn prizes based on the level of fundraising they do. More information is available at http://www.madaccwalkrun.org/.
Net proceeds raised from Walk, Run, Wag for MADACC and Fido Fest will support building improvements that contribute to the welfare and enrichment of the nearly 13,000 animals taken in by MADACC each year. MADACC rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary, and humane care for stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, and injured animals — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin. MADACC works with more than 75 area shelters and rescue groups to place these animals into adoption programs so they have a second chance at finding permanent, caring homes. Dogs and cats that are eligible for placement but have not been transferred to a shelter or rescue group are available for adoption directly from MADACC. In addition, MADACC offers low-cost spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations, and micro-chipping services.
For more information about Friends of MADACC, visit http://www.madaccfriends.org/.