Palm Bay Animal Clinic Saves Homeless Pets
By Space Coast Daily // September 5, 2013
Event to take place Dec. 15
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Move your “paws” to save homeless pets and fight obesity at the 4th Annual Bayfront 5 “K9” Fun Run and Walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Drs. Jen and Paul Sikoski, veterinarians at Palm Bay Animal Clinic and Clearlake Animal Hospital are, once again, organizing this unique event that invites dogs and their owners to get active and raise money to help homeless pets at the Brevard County Animal Care Centers.
“Obesity is a serious problem for our nation’s pet population,” says Dr. Jen Sikoski.
“It is estimated that nearly 54 percent of pets are overweight or obese, causing them to lose up to two years on their natural lifespan.” She encourages people to get out with their pets, get some exercise and raise money for the homeless pets of our community. “In the last three years, over $15,000 has been raised to benefit Brevard County’s animal shelters,” Sikoski said.
Organizers invite solo or team runners and walkers, as well as those with dogs and children, to participate. If bringing your “K9,” it must have its current Brevard County license and proof of current rabies vaccine. See the registration form for complete rules for dog entries.
Special race awards will be given to the top three dogs in three classes (small, medium, large). This year’s race day events will include a post-race gathering, awards ceremony and, for the first time, Swift Paws Lure Chasing, another great activity for dogs on race day.