5K Run for the Paws aims at $20k for Brother Wolf

There is no question that this year’s Run for the Paws to raise funds for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will again attract pet lovers, walkers and runners alike.

The question is: “Will it get to the ambitious goal of $20,000 raised to help homeless pets?”  Brother Wolf volunteers and supporters think the answer is “Yes.” The event is the only 5K in the area at which dogs are not just allowed… they’re invited.

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The 2016 Run for the Paws – the 7th Annual – will happen on Sunday, April 10. The event will once again be held at Fletcher Park, 85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher, NC – just south of the Asheville line. Festivities will begin at 10am and go until 4pm. In between, the 5K run will step off at 1:30pm, and the one mile walk will begin at 2pm. Age group awards will be presented at 3pm.

Participants must register in advance, and would be wise to do so early. The 2015 event reached its limit of 500 participants and some pet loving procrastinators had to be turned away. Runners and walkers can ensure their spot in the event, and save $15, by registering early through Fundly.com. Registration costs are $45. All registered participants get a specially designed event T-shirt that they can pick up at noon on event day. Dogs don’t have to register and get in free, but don’t get a T-shirt.

To help meet the $20,000 goal for this year’s Run for the Paws, runners and walkers can sign up family members, friends, perhaps even total strangers to sponsor them in the event. The added revenue will help Brother Wolf care for more animals in need. In 2015, the organization served over 6,000 animals.

As of PetGazette press time in early March, the Brother Wolf web site listed ten sponsors, many of which have supported the annual 5K for several years. The list includes, in no particular order, Trader Joe’s; The UPS Store; Keli Keach photography; O’Henry’s and The Underground at O’Henry’s; Kitchen Native & Social Pub; Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery, the practice of David Crouch, DVM; Ace Hardware; R.E.A.C.H. (Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital); and Hunter Subaru.

All during the Run for the Paws festivities there will be music provided by a DJ, and dancing by children of all ages will be encouraged. Brother Wolf volunteers will be walking around with highly adoptable dogs, dodging dancers and meeting and greeting potential adopters. And vendors of all kinds will be offering their food or other desirable items. At PetGazette press time, the vendor list included The Hop ice cream; Asheville Pretzel Company, makers of treats for people and pets; Massive Booth Photography; Dancing Bear Toys, Trader Joe’s – which will provide food for runners and treats for pets; and, of course, PetGazette, Asheville’s pet lovers resource.

For more information about the 7th Annual 5K Run for the Paws contact Brother Wolf Event Director Leah Craig Feiser at leahcraig@bwar.org. And tell them PetGazette sent you.


Photo Caption: Thirsty pups drink to success at past 5K