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An event that’s for the dogs

APF to hold 20th annual Fireplug 500 Walk for Animals; town approves expansion

The Animal Protective Foundation is hosting its 20th annual Fireplug 500 Walk for Animals on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Central Park in Schenectady.

The Animal Protective Foundation is hosting its 20th annual Fireplug 500 Walk for Animals on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Central Park in Schenectady.

— The $100 mark awards a “Spay/Neuter/Adopt/Love” logo drink tumbler, $250 awards a Spay/Neuter/Adopt/Love” logo T-Shirt, $500 awards an APF-embroidered logo spa blanket, $1,000 awards sterling silver paw pendant by Sondra’s Fine Jewelry, and if you raise $1,500, you’ll receive two tickets to the “Tails by Twilight” gala on May 9, 2013.

Also, the team raising the most will win an “Italian feast” from More Perreca’s in Schenectady.

There will be a doggie photo booth with animal photographer Heather Bohm-Tallman and pictures taken can be purchased through her website after the event. You can even “smooch a pooch” for $1, with Schenectady therapy dogs ready to offer some affection. Also, if you’re looking to adopt a pet, there will be a Rescue Roundup featuring animals from area adoption shelters.

There’s even an option for kids who are begging for a four-legged pet but their parents say no.

“We also do a plush pet adoption booth for kids,” Pearson said. “They get to adopt a stuffed animal, and they fill out a little adoption contract.”

Pets can also receive an individual blessing from Father Harold Reed, which includes a prayer to keep them safe and a St. Francis medal, who is the patron saint of animals.

Pearson said people enjoy having a place to go with their animals, and they like the variety of things offered at the event.

“It is really pretty amazing, because there are hundreds of dogs in one spot, and they are all so well behaved,” she said. “It just a really inspiring day, because there are so many people that love animals and they come together to help animals that don’t have a family.”

To register for the event visit the APF’s website at www.animalprotective.org, or call Marguerite Pearson at 374-3944 x113 for information. Walk brochures can also be picked up at APF located at 53 Maple Ave. in Glenville.

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