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BHS announces changes for 25th Paws on Parade

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BHS announces changes for 25th Paws on Parade (photo courtesy Bangor Humane Society)

BANGOR - People who take part in Bangor Humane Society’s upcoming 25th edition of “Paws on Parade” – the organization’s fun fundraising dog walk along the Bangor Waterfront, scheduled for Saturday, September 29 - will notice some changes and improvements to the event, according to Stacey Coventry, BHS director of development and public relations.

Coventry says that more than 500 people and over 300 dogs took part in Paws on Parade last year.

“It was the biggest turnout we’ve had to date, but we realized that we needed to expand the area so more people can take part and also for our vendors to be able to spread out,” Coventry said.

An improved staging area in Waterfront Park is expected to be part of this latest edition of Paws on Parade, according to Coventry.

“People will be able to better see and hear everything that’s going on,” she said.

The new staging area will allow improved viewing access during the shelter dog runway show, which typically takes place during post-walk activities, Coventry says.

Prior to the walk, Reverend Marguerite Steadman of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor will provide a prayer and blessing from the new staging area. In past years, the pre-walk blessing has occurred at the walk’s starting line, at the junction of Railroad and Broad Streets.

Because of construction in the area, a new Paws on Parade walking route will be introduced this year, according to Coventry.

“In past years, participants walked their dogs down Railroad St. (past Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion), then along Main St. and into downtown Bangor, before returning to Waterfront Park for post-walk activities. This year, we’ll go left onto Main St. and then walk up behind Cross Insurance Center, before walking down in front of Hollywood Casino,” said Coventry.

To help manage the walk route, Coventry says that Bangor Humane Society will partner with local police to ensure a safe event.

“We hope our participants will thank the officers for their time,” she said. “They’ve been working very hard to keep our communities safe and they’ll do the same for us when we’re walking on the waterfront.”

For a number of years, two top fundraising teams have waged a friendly but fierce competition for bragging rights and possession of the coveted Paws on Parade trophy, according to Coventry.

“It’s been super fun to watch that happen,” she says. “The biggest competition has been between the Kindred Spirits team, led by Dr. Mark Hanks of Kindred Spirits Vet Clinic in Orrington and the Blackstream Cycle Misfits, led by Russ Maynard of Blackstream Custom Cycles.”

Coventry says that last year, the two teams generated a combined $40,000 - fully half of the record $80,000 raised for the event.

“We don’t want anyone to feel intimated by the success of those teams, so we’ve changed things up a little as far as team fundraising goes,” Coventry said. “In addition to registering either as an individual or part of a team with family, friends or coworkers, we’re encouraging people to join one of two packs.

Money raised by the “Match Made” pack, led by Maynard, will be directed to Bangor Humane Society’s adoption program, Coventry said.

“In other words, from the moment an animal arrives at our facility to the moment they are adopted into a home, all of the cost relating to that particular pet will be supported by those funds,” she said.

Dr. Mark Hanks will represent the “Second Chance” pack.

“Those dollars will be used for veterinary and medical care, which is a growing budget line this year,” said Coventry.

Bangor Humane Society spends, on average, $250,000 per year on veterinary care, according to Coventry.

“Some animals require extensive medical care before they are well enough to be adopted into a home,” she said. “Those funds raised will be vital in giving those animals a second chance.”

Regarding the two new pack teams, Coventry likens it to choosing brackets in basketball.

“People can still do their own thing and join us as an individual if they’d like,” she said. “We’re charging Russ and Mark with the task of seeing who can recruit the most teams. You still have your own team, but that team joins one of the two packs.”

The two primary Canine Champion sponsors of Paws on Parade are Cross Insurance Center and Darling’s Auto Group.

To pre-register or to learn more about Bangor Humane Society’s 25th edition of Paws on Parade, visit www.BangorHumane.org.

Last modified on Thursday, 23 August 2018 14:23

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