On April 14, the Davidson Town Green literally goes to the dogs. Joanna Copio, a ninth-grader at Cannon School, is spearheading the second annual Pawz too Run, a fundraiser benefiting Friends of the Animals. The Mooresville-based nonprofit’s mission is to promote responsible pet ownership, provide low cost spay/neuter services and promote the adoption of homeless pets. This year’s event will feature a 5K and 10K race. Dog owners are also invited to participate in the dog walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Copio, who lives in Davidson, helped launch the inaugural Paws too Run event last year, which raised $5,600. “I can’t say enough about Joanna,” says Friends of the Animals executive director Patrice Reynolds. “This is her passion, and she is a young girl ahead of her time.” Encouraged by last year’s success, Copio worked hard to make this year’s fundraiser even bigger, adding to the number of participating rescue and shelter organizations. There will also be vendors with information about the proper care of companion animals and to promote responsible pet ownership. The money raised during Pawz too Run will go toward Friends of the Animals’ building fund, which is earmarked for a new state-of-the-art animal adoption facility. The nonprofit also plans to partner with local animal shelters to host adoption events, hold education seminars and serve as a regional flagship for helping area animals. “Teaching responsible pet ownership – especially spaying and neutering – is critical,” Reynolds explains. “The reality is there are just too many pets needing homes and not enough homes for them. Fundraising efforts like Pawz too Run are helping Friends of the Animals reach its goal.”
Want to go?
Pawz Too Run
Saturday, April 14 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Davidson Town Green
For more information visit www.friendsoftheanimals.net.