CHARLESTOWN - In Rhode Island, dogs do not bark, they “bahk.”
The Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island (ARLSRI) is embracing their love of dogs and their Rhode Island pride by presenting the first annual “Bahk in the Pahk” dog-walking event on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Ninigret Park. All funds raised at the event will benefit the rescue league and their mission of providing for animals that have been surrendered by their owners.
The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and will include vendors, a DJ, contests, raffles and local celebrities. The highlight of the day will be the dog walk, which will begin at 12 p.m. There will be two paths to choose from, one a half-mile long, and the other a full mile.
“We’re really encouraging people to get outside and to bring their dogs,” said ARLSRI Community Programs Manager Tammy Walter. “So get out there with your dog, bring your friends and bring your families.”
Walter added that the purpose behind this event is to raise much needed revenue for ARLSRI.
“Like all non-profits, we depend 100 per cent on private donations and grants,” she said. “We need to do fundraisers like this so we can keep our doors open. That is the goal of Bahk in the Pahk.”
ARLSRI was founded in 1938, and has been housed in the same building in South Kingstown since 1970. They care for animals that can no long be cared for by their owners.
“When an owner can no longer care for a pet, whether it is because they are ill or can’t afford it, they call us,” Walter said.
She also said that ARLSRI is often confused for the South Kingstown Town Animal Shelter, which is right down the street. Unlike the animal shelter, ARLSRI is not government funded and relies heavily on community support.
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