JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Residents and their pooches are invited to take a 2½-mile walk to help out other dogs.
The third annual Walk-A-Dog-A-Thon benefitting the Highland Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is March 7 beginning at Johnson Park, 230 S. Ave. J.
Early registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and is $20 for adults and $15 for children.
“We’re a very small shelter, and 100 percent of our operating expenses come from private donations,” Highland Lakes SPCA president Jeannette Murphy said. “If we don’t raise money, we don’t exist.”
The walk begins at 11 a.m., though registered walkers can start between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
A co-ed softball tournament begins at 10 a.m.
“The reason why it’s such a great event is because people in the Hill Country love their dogs,” said Shannon Heap of Customized Solutions Event Planning and WeAreMarbleFalls.com. “They need a way to show that. People out here love to give to dogs. People seem to enjoy it.”
The SPCA is a no-kill sanctuary dedicated to finding homes for dogs.
The Walk-A-Dog-A-Thon is designed for families and their canine companions.
And organizers have changed up the route. Participants will start at Johnson Park and walk the newly finished Backbone Valley Hike and Bike Trail to the new Marble Falls Dog Park at Westside Park, which is at the intersection of Second Street and Avenue Q.
The route back includes hitting Main Street and enjoying Market Days and then cutting across to Avenue J to return to Johnson Park.
The Walk-A-Dog-A-Thon includes a Party in the Park, where participants can enjoy live music, food and doggie contests and find a selection of products by various vendors.
More than 150 registered walkers and dogs participated in the first two Walk-A-Dog-A-Thons, which raised more than $20,000.
“We’re small size,” Murphy said about the SPCA shelter. “We’re in the process of completing an indoor facility funded by the dog walk. We’re finally going to have a place where we can bring in dogs at night.”
Go to wearemarblefalls.com/walkadogevent to register or for more information.