‘Furry Fiesta’ theme of Walk Your Paws event

PARKERSBURG — The Humane Society of Parkersburg is having a “Furry Fiesta” to celebrate its 26th annual Elinor K. Ross Memorial Walk Your Paws on June 1 at City Park.

The Humane Society of Parkersburg is celebrating its 61st anniversary.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Groomed, Pet and Parent Look-a-Likes, Perro mas Grande (largest dog) and Perro mas Pequeno (smallest dog) awards. Awards will be given for most pledges raised.

There will be a 5K Run and Walk, vendors, food, dunk tank, ceremonial dog walk, vaccine clinic, and Furry Fiesta Flea Market.

The schedule of events includes: 8 a.m. – 5K Run registration; 9 a.m. – 5K Run begins; 9:30 a.m. – Furry Fiesta Walk registration; 10 a.m. – Ceremonial Walk begins; 10:30 a.m. – Concurso de fiesta and Awards.

A vaccine clinic will be held for dogs from 8 a.m. to noon. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be a Furry Fiesta Flea Market in the pavilion.

Walk Your Paws is the Humane Society of Parkersburg’s largest fundraiser for the operation of the shelter.

The organization is contracted for animal control services and funded in part by the Wood County Commission. The remainder of funds required for the Humane Society to care for homeless, hurt and abused animals relies on donations and fundraising, officials said.

Animals are vaccinated, flea treated, dewormed, and altered while in the Humane Society’s care. Sick and injured animals are examined and treated by the Humane Society’s veterinarian and sometimes need to be sent for further treatment or testing, officials said.

If you would like to be an event sponsor or vendor, email Executive Director Katie Kelly at executivedirector–manager@hsop.org. Additional details and forms are available at the website hsop.org.