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Friday, June 06, 2014 8:00 PM


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DELPHOS — Canine caregivers and their owners are looking to help “take a bite out of cancer” at this year’s second annual Bark For Life Mini-Relay taking place from 2-5 p.m. on June 21 at Leisure Park located at 991 Lima Avenue in Delphos.

Everyone is welcome to attend the fundraising event honoring the care giving qualities and life-long contributions of canine caregivers. Families and their dogs will come together for a few hours during the day and complete a lap around the park to honor the care giving qualities of their canine best friends and cancer survivors.

The Delphos Animal Hospital is sponsoring the walk and Dr. Bonnie Jones, D.V.M. is chairing the event.

“The event presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships, contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society and make new friends – canine and human.” she said.

Canine companions and their owners, are joining the American Cancer Society as Relay teams and participants to celebrate cancer survivorship, to honor people lost to cancer, to fundraise in support of cancer research, education, awareness, patient services, advocacy and to help eliminate the suffering that cancer causes worldwide.

“Canine companions represent unconditional love, joy, security, compassion, and no judgments of human abilities or appearances,” Jones said. “Bark For Life is an irresistible way to “take a bite out of cancer”.

There will be human treats as well as dog treats, which are free for a donation and includes Creamery ice cream cups and brats and hotdogs, home made dog treats.

“The Allen County Humane Society will be on hand to promote adoptions of canine caregivers,” Jones said. “The Lima Police Canine Unit — Officers John Dunham and Bern — will also be on hand doing demonstrations.”

The Delphos Animal Hospital will also provide free for a donation toenail trimmings.

Currently, Bark For Life t-shirts are available for $12 at the hospital, along with paw prints for $1. In addition, there are raffle tickets — one ticket for $1 and six tickets for $5 — being sold for raffle baskets containing donated pet and non-pet related items.

Pre-registration for Bark for Life is $10.00 and forms may be picked up at Delphos Animal Hospital through June 20. Registration at the event will be $20.00. Dog walkers are encouraged to collect sponsors as well, with all funds raised being donated to the American Cancer Society.

Directions to the park: Take South Main Street, turn left onto East Suthoff, turn right onto Spencerville Road and then turn left onto Lima Avenue. Travel five approximately five blocks and the park will be on the right.

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