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“Hoofin it for HART” is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. It is hard to believe it has been that many years the public has been supporting HART’s biggest fundraiser.

The walk will be held Saturday May 23, 2015. Yes, I know it is Memorial weekend but it was the only time in May that I could reserve the Northland Arboretum in. I am hoping if you have guests they will want to share in the fun.

The walk it going to be a moving and grooving this year with fun filled activities. And of course, the goal is to raise $20,000 for direct animal care. HART will need everyone out collecting pledge money or donating. The walk is HART’s main fundraiser for animal care.

Registration will begin at 9:30 with the walk starting at 10:00. The “Young at HART” students will be leading the walk again this year. The walk will be about two miles on the Arboretum Trail. The trail this year will be fairly flat as there will be a golf cart riding the trail with an EMT for any emergencies, as well as carrying extra water. Please have your pledge money counted and ready to be turned in at the registration table. Pledge sheets can be printed off the website (hartpets,org) or picked up at the shelter. You do not need a pledge sheet to donateJ. Make checks payable to HART. You may also donate on line through the website, or with credit/debit card by calling the shelter 829 4141.

Prizes will be given for the following donations; $25.00 to $99.00 a HART magnet for your vehicle, $100.00 to $249.00 a HART t-shirt, $250 and up a HART sweatshirt. To keep walk cost at a minimum we will be donating these items that we have purchased in the past. Hopefully there will be enough for everyone. There will also be a prize for the team raising the highest dollar amount.

Free coffee, water and donuts will be available before the walk. Lunch will be sold starting at 11:00. This will include hot dogs, nachos, chips, and a beverage.

All dogs must be current on vaccinations and leashed at all times. Please use a leash no long than 6ft. Flexi leads are not a good choice for an event such as this. All dogs need to be people and dog friendly to avoid any mishaps. In the past 19 years we have never had a scuffle….

HART will be adding vendors who will have their products for sale. Northland Pet Lodge will be there selling pet supplies, Pat Becker will have information on the “Yellow Ribbon” campaign. This is a campaign to have a yellow ribbon on your dog’s leash, if you would prefer strangers to not approach you dog. Brainerd Kennel Club will have a display as well as doing obedience demos.

HART will have three guests this year high lightening the importance of working dogs.

Patriot Assistance Dogs is an organization providing service dogs for veterans, Judy Fletcher and Riley are a certified team that focuses on visiting children in hospitals and Jan and Chaz are HART education ambassadors, going into classrooms, nursing homes etc.

There will be interactive activities for the kids as well. These will include a scavenger hunt on the trail and a craft table and face painting inside the building.


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Thank you to HART’s Business Partners Walk Sponsors:

$3,000 Level: Staples Veterinary Clinic

$2,000 Level: Lakeland Veterinary Hospital

$500 Level: Animal Care Center

$500 Level: North Star Drilling (Well Drilling, Pump Service, Water Conditioning)

$250 Level: Crosslake Veterinary Hospital

$250 Level: Kummet Larson Bluth & Co (Certified Public Accountants & Consultants)

$250 Level: Viking Land Harley Davidson

$250 Level: Brainerd Animal Hospital

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Please “Help Terry”

By Donna Wambeke Executive Director

For the past nineteen years, HART has been very fortunate to have a very loyal friend, Terry Fischer, who has donated thousands of dollars to the walk. Last week we received a call from our dear friend Terry telling us that she had her hip replaced and she was not up to getting pledge donations this year. I am not sure who was more disappointed, her or I. After sleeping on it I came up with the idea if Terry couldn’t get out there and pound the pavement for donations, we would have the donors come to her. This way she can present HART with her traditional $4,000 - $5,000 donation.

If you can donate to Terry’s fund that would be fantastic. You can send a check (please note on the check Terry’s fund) donate on line at hartpets.org, donate by credit/debit card by calling the shelter or by coming to the walk. Terry plans on attending the walk.

Let’s make Terry’s 20th year of helping HART the best one yet.

Go Terry……..

How to help Terry:

1) Click here

2) Click the green button to the right

3) When the next screen pops up, in the dedicate this donation box type Terry Fischer.

4) Fill in donation amount etc and follow instructions tocompletion.

Any questions please call us at 218-829-4141. Thank you for donating!

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