One Bartow organization has saved thousands of dogs and cats from certain death and placed them in homes throughout the region..
Now, a Friday, April 12, event will allow supporters to provide some needed funding to allow the same group to continue its work.
The Wag ‘n Walk 5K to benefit the Etowah Valley Humane Society is set for 6:30 p.m. at Sam Smith Park at 1155 Douthit Ferry Road in Cartersville.
Cost is $35 for runners on the day of the race. Admission is free to watch the event.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. Participants are urged to bring their dogs on leashes to run with them.
Race day parking and the start and finish lines are all adjacent to Sam Smith Park next to the Cartersville Soccer Complex at 152 Milner Road SE, behind Cartersville Middle School.
The race, which organizers hope to make an annual event, is among a series of fund-raisers for the Society.
Its two largest fundraisers include its annual Casino Night in February and Southpaw Golf Tournament in September, said director Bryan Canty.
The nonprofit rescues about 2,500 animals annually and operates a shelter for adoptions of stray pets it receives from Bartow County Animal Control, Canty said.
The organization reportedly operates on about a $300,000 annual budget. It has a staff of four but also relies on volunteers for a variety of functions. Its income include private donations, fundraisers and a portion of adoption fees.
The shelter’s success at adopting animals has reduced the county’s euthanasia rate by 75% since 2010, Canty said.
However, the number of stray and forgotten animals in Bartow County is increasing, he has said.
“It’s good we’re getting that many adopted out,” Canty said. “It’s bad that there are that many coming in.”
The government department had few options other than to destroy animals it picked up if no one claimed them before the Humane Society began operations in 1996, Canty said.
The Society opened its shelter with a capacity for up to 90 animals in 2006 at 36 Ladds Mountain Road in Cartersville.
The 5,000-square-foot shelter includes a quarantine room, visitation rooms, kennel runs, a cat room, puppy room, outdoor kennel runs and a dog park.
Some other upcoming Bartow County events include:
♦ Downtown Fashion Show Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at The City Cellar & Loft, 110 S. Museum Drive, Cartersville.
The annual event features local boutiques showcasing all of the latest trends in fashion. Food and cash bar available. A total of 11 local stores will be participating.
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Tranquility House, a domestic violence center that provides emergency shelter for women and their children.
For more information, call 770-334-3170, 770-607-3480 or visit http://downtowncartersville.org.
♦ Euharlee Food Truck Friday is set for Friday, April 12, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Frankie Harris Park in downtown Euharlee.
The monthly event, set for the second Friday of each month, offers “food, fun and free music” and will feature a performance by the band Iambic Underground.
Lawn chairs and tailgating tents are encouraged, but coolers are not allowed. It is a rain or shine event.
The park is at 175 Covered Bridge Road. For more information, call 770-607-2017 or visit www.euharlee.com.
♦ Etowah Indian Mounds’ Annual Primitive Tools and Weapons Day and Torchlight Tour is set for Saturday, April 13, at Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, 813 Indian Mound Road SE in Cartersville.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., demonstrators will explain how primitive tools and weapons were made, used and cared for, and skills important for survival thousands of years ago. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
The Friends of Etowah Indian Mounds Torchlight Tour is set for 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature a guided tour along a torch-lit path after dark to explore the illuminated mounds at night. Cost is $5.
For more information, call 770-387-3747 or visit https://gastateparks.org/EtowahIndianMounds.