HOULTON – Six legged walking squads will once again pound the pavement Saturday as the Houlton Humane Society gears up for its fifth annual dog walkathon.
The pairing of humans and their four-legged friends has become a potent fundraiser for the Houlton Animal Shelter, which serves by contract 27 towns in southern Aroostook County. The event also includes an “adoptathon” and bake sale.
As in past years, officials are hoping that dogs and their two-legged handlers join in the effort to raise money for a new shelter for homeless pets. The current facility is too small to house all of the animals in need of homes, so efforts have been under way for more than four years to raise money for a new facility.
The current building, which can hold 22 cats and nine dogs, was constructed in the 1960s.
Officials hope to add 10 cat cages and eight more cat quarantine cages to the new facility. The estimated cost of the project is $150,000.
Shelter Director Barbara Thorne said Thursday that 15 people already have pre-registered to participate in the event. Thorne anticipated that a lot more people would show up for the 9:30 a.m. registration time, as most people who participate do not sign up until the day of the walk.
Last year, the walkathon attracted more than 70 walkers and their pets, raising more than $2,700.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Houlton Grange on Green Street. Door prizes and gifts will be awarded and all walkers receive a free lunch.