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    "Walk To Save The Animals" Happens Saturday Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. @ ELB's Heartwell Park

    (Sept. 29, 2006) -- Friends of LB Animals, the grassroots. non-profit group promoting spay/neuter programs, humane education and adoptions, will hold its sixth annual "Walk To Save The Animals" on Saturday Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heartwell Park, 5100 E. Carson St. at Clark Ave.
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    Registration begins at 9 a.m....and $20 includes a snazzy WALK T-Shirt.

    Joni Caryl of LB's KKJZ (88.1 FM) will lead the 2k/5k walk starting at 10:00 a.m.

    At 11 a.m., there'll be an interfaith Blessing of the Animals by Justin Rudd's

    Events will run through 2 p.m...with opportunity drawings every hour to 1 p.m.

    Things to see/do/experience at Saturday's event include visits with RBI, SPIKE, OTTER, WHEELY WILLY; a CoCoJor Doggie Fashion Show; Mobile Vet Pre-Screening; Low Cost On-Site Microchips and/or Rabies Shots, Boulevard Animal Hospital; Red Cross Demonstration / First Aid and CPR Demonstration; SCART -- Emergency Preparedness; PM2 Agility Training; K9 Good Citizens by C.H.A.O.S.; PACT Dog Training / Clicker; Pacific Shield / Bomb Dogs; Personal Photos with Framing; Costume Contest; Hula Hoops; Limbo and free games with prizes.

    Friends of LB Animals (FoLBA) says there'll be "too many activities to list" food, coffee and water at the Itís A Grind Booth

    "No Pet? No Problem! WALK if you love animals!" FoLBA says on a special WALK page on its website: Click for FoLBA WALK info

    The Walk is FoLBA's major annual fundraiser...and helps sustain the group's contiuing efforts, a number of which are cited on its website

    1. SNIP (Spaying/Neutering): In 2005, we paid $92,326 for the spaying/neutering of 1,913 animals (1,337 cats, 569 dogs and 7 rabbits). Over the past 7-1/2 years, we have paid $365,349 for the spaying/neutering of 6,338 cats, 3,681 dogs, 79 rabbits and one hamster (10,099 animals in total since July 1, 1998). You and we are preventing millions of animals from being born, only to be euthanized or subjected to cruelty.

    2. Humane Education: In 2001, Long Beach Unified School District certified our humane education classes. Since that time, 24,534 students have participated in this program free to the schools, at Friendsí expense of $46,269. In 2005, the tally was $19,222 for 10,541 students. Included are new books and other educational tools totaling $4,278 donated to local schools and libraries to further our humane education goals.

    3. Adoptions: We have exhibited 18 of our rescued homeless pets on 24 The Pet Place TV shows, and have been able to adopt out 24 rescued cats and dogs into permanent, loving homes. We paid $2,821 in adoption expenses (including advertising in local media) to further our adoption goals.

    4. Medical Bills for Shelter Animals: We provided life-saving medicine for special needs of pets in the care of Long Beach Animal Control.

    5. Memorial Pond - We spent $232 to maintain our pond, adding plants, stone, and a garden bench for the comfort of those visiting the pond at Long Beach Animal Control. The pond is in memory of special friends no longer with us.

    6. Parades -- Volunteers walked in two parades in 2005. The War Dogs were honored in the Veterans Day Parade where SNIP vouchers were distributed; and we celebrated the season in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade.

    7. Katrina -- We led a campaign and you donated to help Katrina animals suffering and being rescued as a result of the hurricane disaster. As committed, we sent on 100% of the donations totaling $14,834.06 to several worthy organizations doing rescue and veterinary work in Louisiana and Mississippi. We adopted Long Beach Animal Control, Long Beach, Mississippi where our funds bought them a new pre-fab shelter with windows and air conditioning, cages, pet food, and other needed supplies.

    "We believe in ending the euthanasia of health animals," FoLBA's website says.

    What: Walk To Save The Animals
    (Benefiting Friends of Long Beach Animals)

    When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (walkers step-off at 10 a.m.)

    Where: Heartwell Park, 5100 Carson St. (at Clark Ave), ELB

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