Well, our Dog Walk is going to be in-person this year and we couldn’t be more excited about it. This is the 21st annual Dog Walk and Contests – can you believe it?

We will hold the event on Oct. 30 at the Chambersburg Mall on Black Gap Road. The folks at the mall have allowed us to come back and we are so grateful. The mall just makes sense – it takes weather out of the equation and allows us to have prizes all set up for folks to peruse before the event.

We ask participants in the walk to get sponsors and help us raise money for the babies in our kennels.

Basically, ask your friends and family to sponsor you a couple of bucks and the money will begin to accumulate.

I was shocked and really touched last year when we raised almost $8,000 through a virtual Dog Walk.

I’m incredibly excited to see what this year will bring.

The most amazing part of our dog walk each year is the prize table. Our dog walk coordinator, Robin, works throughout the year to gather some incredible prizes for participants. Those who raise the most money will get the first walk down the prize table and there is everything from electronics, to awesome tickets and cool dog-related items.

When I say prize “table” I’m actually talking about more than one. Robin usually fills five or six tables with all the prizes that she gets – gift cards, baskets full of great stuff for animals and I’ve even seen some appliances like vacuum cleaners.

The people who raise the most money will get a chance at some amazing stuff. Believe me, you do not want to miss this.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will kick off at 10.

Proceeds from our dog walk will go toward caring for the thousands of homeless animals who come through the doors of CVAS every year. The money raised will help the animals in our kennels right now, and I know they are all grateful.

Folks who raise $25 or more will go home with a participation bag. People who bring in $75 or more will get a T-shirt and a walk down the prize table.

We’ll have our prize wheel going, too, for those who like to pretend they’re on a gameshow and take a spin.  

Following the walk, we will hold our canine contests where we’re looking for the best kisser, best trick, best costume and most obedient. I always have a tough time finding judges for these contests because it’s so difficult to choose a winner. People come up with some amazing costumes and the tricks and abilities of the pooches amaze me every year!

There are even some great prizes for the winners in our contests, too. I’m telling you, Robin goes all out for this. You have to see it. 

Each year we look to make our dog walk bigger and better than the last, and you can help us do that. All the forms and information can be found online at: cvas-pets.org, or you can always give me a call at: (717) 263-5791 with any questions.

Everyone who takes part in our dog walk is always really impressed. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it, so make sure to mark your calendars and be at center court at the Chambersburg Mall on Oct. 30! 



Jennifer Vanderau is the Publications and Promotions Consultant for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, and can be reached at: cvascomm@cvas-pets.org. The shelter accepts both monetary and pet supply donations. For more information, call the shelter at: (717) 263-5791, or visit the website: www.cvas-pets.org. CVAS also operates a thrift store in Chambersburg. Help support the animals at the shelter by donating to or shopping at the store.


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