The Leavenworth County Humane Society has sheltered more than 100 pets from throughout Leavenworth County this year.
Housing and caring for the animals is not cheap.
Crystal Blackdeer, director of the shelter, said veterinary bills alone cost about $175 per animal.
To help defray some of that cost, the LCHS is hosting the sixth annual Go Dog Go event this weekend.
Angel Falls Trail in Lansing will be the site of the fundraising event, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Angel Falls Trail is located behind St. Francis de Sales Church, 900 Ida St. The one-mile walk begins at 9 a.m.
The family-friendly event will also feature contests, games, face painting, vendors and prizes. Blackdeer said the dog peanut butter eating contest and the dog dress-up race are popular attractions at the event.
All walkers are welcome to participate, with or without a canine companion. Blackdeer said only dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs and people should participate.
Dogs must wear identification, be at least 4 months old and have current rabies vaccination. Blackdeer said dogs in any stage of heat are not allowed to participate. Dogs must be leashed and under control of their handlers at all times. Unruly or aggressive dogs will be asked to leave. Walkers are asked to clean up after their own dogs. Plastic bags will be provided. Water will be available for the dogs.
Only one dog will be allowed with each walker. All handlers must be at least 12 years old.
This is the first year that the event will be held in Lansing, where the nonprofit organization plans to build and operate a no-kill animal shelter to serve all Leavenworth County resident. For the last five years, the event was held in Basehor.
Blackdeer said the event organizer this year is Dr. Kim Pearl.
Advance registration is under way at the shelter, located at 1205 Rear N. Main St. in Lansing, or on the organization’s Facebook page.
Registration is $20 per person in advance or $30 on the day of the event.
Blackdeer said funds raised in the event will go into the general fund to help pay for veterinary bills.