Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will hold its 16th Annual Downtown Dog Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in downtown Waynesville — this year returning as an in-person event. The fundraiser supports the homeless dogs and cats of Haywood County, and is a much-loved community event, bringing hundreds of dogs and their families to Waynesville’s Main Street.
Sarge’s is grateful to all who participated in the 2020 Special Edition Dog Walk virtual events and is delighted to return to the in-person event.
“The Dog Walk is not only a fun time for all — it gives the community an opportunity to be a part of helping with the animals’ needs,” said Felisha Wyman, Sarge’s Dog Walk chairman.
The 2021 event
The walk will start promptly at 9 a.m. Aug. 7, to try to beat the heat.
Participants may register online at www.sarges.org/ or at Sarge’s Adoption Center in Waynesville; day-of-event registration starts at 8 a.m. on the courthouse lawn.
There is a $30 fee per entry in the event. This fee includes an official 2021 Dog Walk T-shirt and option to purchase additional shirts at $15 each, a dog bandana and a ticket for a drawing of three gift baskets after the walk. Children’s shirts are $10 each.
The walk begins and ends at the Historic Haywood County Courthouse on Waynesville’s Main Street. Sarge’s supporter and KISS Country morning personality Eddie Foxx will lead the walk as grand marshal. New this year, after the walk, Foxx will do a drawing for three gift baskets, as well as help judge contests for dogs in best trick and best costume.
Jeanne Naber, of Songbug DJ Services, returns to emcee the event.
Attendees will want to visit the pet-related vendor tables before and after the walk.
Ways to help Sarge’s work
In honor of Nancy Bulluck, Sarge’s founder, proceeds from the 2021 dog walk will go to Sarge’s WuzBug and Medical Funds.
Non-walkers may purchase the official 2021 Downtown Dog Walk T-shirt for $30. The T-shirts will be on sale at pre-registration and at the dog walk.
“If you can’t join us that day, or don’t have a dog to walk, you can still help by becoming a virtual walker,” said Fred Strohm, Sarge’s administrator. “Your virtual walker ticket allows one of Sarge’s dogs to join in the fun at the Dog Walk — and a Sarge’s volunteer will walk that dog on your behalf.”
As a token of Sarge’s thanks, virtual walkers may receive the event shirt.
“What a treat for a foster dog to be able to join the fun,” Strohm said. “He or she might even find their new home by being showcased at Sarge’s Dog Walk.”
Dog Walk event sponsorships are available through July 7. Sponsors contributing $150 and above will have the donor’s name or business printed on the back of the official shirt.
“We hope you’ll join us Aug. 7 in celebrating the more than 11,000 animals Sarge’s has saved during its 15-year history,” Strohm said.
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is at 256 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville. Visit www.sarges.org/, ‘Like’ Sarge’s Facebook page or call 828-246-9050.