Paws in the Park 2014
Saturday, June 7
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Main Square Park
Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. - Vendor Fair & Walker Registration Begin
9:00 a.m. - Reading of a Proclamation by State Rep Linda Lawson Declaring June "Animal Adoption Month"
9:30 a.m. - Walk Begins
10:30 a.m. - Dog Talent Show, with prizes for the best costume, best tricks, owner/pet look-a-like, best costume, and neatest and fastest popsicle eater
11:00 a.m. - Dog Training Demo by Dog Behaviorist Kristina Montgomery
NOON - HSCA Coloring Contest Winner Announced and Humane Education/Lifesaver Jr. Program for Kids
1:00 p.m. - Whipped Cream "Pie" Eating Contest for ages: 4-7; 8-12; 13-17, and 18+ (Ribbons awarded for fastest eater of a whipped cream "pie"!)
2:00 p.m. - Vendor Fair Closes
Walker/Team Registration Form (pdf)
Vendor Registration Form (pdf)
Rescue Registration Form (pdf)
Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)
What is Paws in the Park?
Paws in the Park is a fun-filled day for families, friends, and their pets that helps raise much-needed funds for the animals of Humane Society Calumet Area. Held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the vendor fair will feature family- and pet-friendly vendors and have a carnival theme, complete with games, treats, and more!
The walk-a-thon begins at 9:30 a.m. Walkers can participate individually or as a team, and pets are welcome on the walk. Walkers are asked to raise pledges to participate.
The vendor fair is free and open to the public.
Where is Paws in the Park?
Paws in the Park will be held at Main Square Park in Highland, IN.
How can I get involved?
- You can walk: Enlist friends, family, and co-workers to support your walk with a pledge! Bring your dogs or bring a friend. You and your friends and family can even create a team to walk together.
- You can attend: By participating in the event, you will help create a united voice for the importance of the Humane Society Calumet Area's mission to provide medical treatment and shelter for all the homeless animals, while finding loving adopting homes. The vendor fair is free and open to the public.
- You can donate: If you would like to help contribute to the success of the event, you can donate gifts or make a monetary donation. For more information, contact Ashley at 219.513.8911 or email@example.com
- You can volunteer: Volunteers are always needed to lend a hand during the event! If you are unable to attend the event, you can volunteer your time before hand. For more information, contact Jessica at 219.922.3811, ext. 308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can sponsor: Sponsors are an essential part of the success of Paws in the Park! A variety of sponsorship levels are available. For more information, contact Ashley at 219.513.8911 or email@example.com.
How do I raise funds for the walk-a-thon?
Raising funds is fun and easy!
- Raise funds online by creating a fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/hscalumet/pawsinthepark2014. If you need help registering, click here for instructions.
- Donate to yourself and lead by example! By making a donation to yourself, you show others that you are committed to a great cause, and it will help prompt others to donate.
- Share your fundraising efforts with your friends and family via social media! You can do this easily from your First Giving account in the "Spread the Word" section.
- Download our email template to let your friends, family members, and coworkers know you are raising money for HSCA.
- Print a copy of the pledge form and take it to work, the store, family events, etc. Your online and in-person donations can be combined to help you earn pledge prizes!
- You may also wish to walk in memory of a person or pet. It's a nice way to remember a loved one, and it can help focus your fundraising.
- When you ask for pledges, be sure to share why Humane Society Calumet Area's cause is important to you. Here are a few points you can share:
- In 2013, HSCA helped 1,500 abandoned animals find homes and reunited many lost animals with their families.
- Since opening to low-income members of the public in July 2012, the Estelle Marcus Clinic has provided more than 3,100 spay and neuter surgeries to those with financial hardship.
- The HSCA Pet Therapy Team visits nursing homes and assisted living four times a month with puppies.
- The HSCA Humane Education Team helps teach local children about pet safety and compassion.
- We can accept donations in the form of check, credit card, cash, and money orders.
Be creative and have fun!
How do I earn pledge prizes?
Pledge prizes will be given when you raise the following amounts:
$50 - HSCA magnet
$100 - event t-shirt
$250 - HSCA tote
$500 - HSCA hoodie
$1000 - $100 Target gift card
As a special bonus, the first person to turn in $1,000+ in pledges will be named Grand Marshal of the walk!
Teams can decide how to divide their prizes (e.g., we raised $400 and would like four t-shirts and magnets) and must note their preference below on the registration form.
When are pledges due and how do I turn them in?
We encourage you to register by May 23 to ensure you receive your pledge prizes the day of the event. You can continue to raise pledges after May 23, but you may receive your pledge prizes at a later date. The total amount raised through the event date will be cumulative, so you can continue to earn higher prizes.
Registration forms and pledges can be dropped off at Paws Resale Shoppe at 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland, IN 46322 during business hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
If you need to make special arrangements, please contact Ashley at 219.513.8911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also can mail your registration, pledge form(s), and a check in the amount of your pledges to:
Humane Society Calumet Area
Attn: Paws in the Park
8149 Kennedy Ave
Highland, IN 46322
Please make checks payable to Humane Society Calumet Area.