Pets for Heroes at Ohio State is a student organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of the national charity and state chapter. This charity helps heal the emotional wounds of veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, TBI, or depression by pairing them up with a shelter dog at risk of being euthanized. The dogs are specially trained to cater to each veterans or first responders emotional and physical needs, and expenses regarding their new life long companion are covered for the first year. Pets for Heroes is dedicated to giving these animals and these brave people a second chance at a happy ending!
To further our mission in raising funds and awareness for the charity, Pets for Heroes at Ohio State is hosting Mutt Strut, a Community dog-walk/run 5k for anyone to join! This years 5k will be held at the Big Meadows Picnic Area in Highbanks Metro Park. Registration will begin at 8:30 am, with the race to begin at 9:30 am.
In addition to the walk/run, there will be a selection of light snacks, raffle baskets, and booths set up by local animal-welfare or Veteran/First Responder related organizations to check out.
Tickets are $30 ($25 for Veterans and First Responders!) and the first 200 participants are guaranteed an event T-shirt and goodie bag full of freebies! (Extra shirts and goodie bags will be handed out until supplies run out).
Children 3 years old and under are free and we welcome strollers on our course.
If long walks through one of Columbus’ most beautiful parks is your (or your pets) thing, then please join us for this fun, family-oriented event in which all proceeds will directly benefit Pets for Heroes Columbus to help them in their mission of saving pets, and healing Veterans and First Responders.
***For the safety of all participants, please make sure that your pet is current on all vaccinations and in good health. Additionally, all dogs MUST be on a leash.
To find out more about Pets for Heroes Ohio State, and what our organization does, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PetsforHeroesOSU/