Take a Hike to Help Homeless Pets

Dumb Friends League Wag `n Trail brings Coloradans together for a good cause ~

CASTLE ROCK, CO — Do you like dogs, hiking and craft beer? If so, you’ll love the Dumb Friends League Wag `n Trail™, a quintessentially Colorado event that combines all three to benefit homeless pets at its Buddy Center location in Castle Rock, Colo.

The dog-friendly hike takes place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon at Glendale Farm Open Space (located near I- 25 and Surrey Ridge) in Douglas County. Hikers can enjoy the 1.6-mile hike with their pups and a beer garden sponsored by Living the Dream Brewing Co., dozens of vendors, food trucks, music, adoptable dogs and access to a five-acre, off- leash dog park before or after the festivities.

“This event is a great way for people to enjoy a beautiful hike with their dogs while helping homeless pets,” said Matt Levien, Buddy Center director. “It’s one of our favorite events of the year, not only because it supports the Buddy Center and the services we provide to the pets and people of Douglas County, it’s a fun opportunity to bring Coloradans together for a great cause.”

Adult registration is $50 and includes a downloadable event photo of you and your dog, a photo frame, a bag of Hill’s Science Diet® treats, craft beer or root beer and ice cream for both you and your dog. Children 12 years old and younger can participate for free with a paid adult registration. Hikers can sign up as an individual or start a team with friends, family or co-workers.

All participants are encouraged to help even more pets in need by collecting donations and earning exclusive fundraising incentives, including a Wag ‘n Trail event T-shirt and dog bandana for anyone who raises $75, among other great incentives.

Already have plans on Sept. 16? Or do you want to hike a different trail, but still raise money for homeless pets? Register to be a “Virtual Hiker”! You can dedicate a hike of your choice to homeless pets any time between June 29 and October
17. Virtual Hiker registration is $25 and includes a Wag `n Trail dog bandana. Participants can enter the virtual hiker photo contest by submitting a picture from their hike to win a doggie gift basket and a $100 gift card from PetSmart. Virtual hikers are also are also eligible to earn fundraising incentives.

Proceeds from Wag `n Trail help the Dumb Friends League provide shelter, medical care, behavior training, foster care and other services to homeless pets at the Buddy Center. The Buddy Center is the only animal shelter serving Douglas County and plays a vital role in reuniting owners with lost pets and finding loving homes for thousands of cats, dogs and small pets each year.

The 2017 Wag `n Trail is sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, HomeAgain, Frontline Plus and Heartgard Plus. For more information on how to register, start a team, collect donations or earn fundraising incentives, visit wagntrail.org or call (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League
Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond. In 2012, the League expanded the scope of its services to include providing shelter, care and hope for abused and neglected equines in Colorado. The Dumb Friends League has shelters at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock, as well as the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ at 5540 E. Hwy. 86 in Franktown. For more information, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

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