This weekend, there are opportunities around the Island to take your pooch out for some exercise, support dog-related causes, or adopt a new pet. See if any of these events sound right for you.
Starting on Friday, March 30, you and your dog can join the 2nd Annual 250-Challenge. This is a 10-week challenge (ends June 8) for you and Fido to walk at least 25 miles a week. It’s a win-win for dog and human (although the LI Dogs Examiner feels compelled to urge you to pay close attention to your dog’s needs and physical limitations), and there’s a community of participants who meet & greet both online and in person. Interact with people on the event’s Facebook page, where you can also find out about organized walks.
The effort to open a dog park in Farmingdale is still rolling, and LI-DOG needs your help. On Saturday, March 31, meet up at PetSmart at Farmingdale Airport Plaza at 10 AM to try and get more signatures on the Allen Park expansion dog park petition. If you’d like to assist, please email LI-DOG so they’ll have an idea of how many folks to expect. In addition, Town of Oyster Bay residents can sign the petition online.
Saturday the 31st is also a great day to meet the furry love of your life at Long Island’s Best! A Pet Adoption Expo. At the Riverhead Polish Hall, from 12-5 PM, hundreds of cats and dogs will be looking for their forever homes. This event is headed by Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) but will include pets from Kent Animal Shelter, North Fork Animal Welfare League, Riverhead Animal Shelter, Southhampton Animal Shelter, SAVES, ToH Animal Shelter, Yorkie 911, and LI Kitties. You can contact Michelle Forrester for more information at 631-537-0400 (ext. 207) or via email.
On Sunday, April 1, the North Fork Animal Welfare League–the same one from the Pet Adoption Expo just mentioned–will be holding a fundraiser at Soundview Restaurant in Greenport, from 2–5:30 PM. For $35, you get live music by the band Who Are Those Guys, food, dancing, prizes, and a cash bar. You can buy tickets in advance at the shelter ($40 at the door that afternoon). For more information, including additional locations where tickets are being sold, call 631-765-1811.
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