Adoptable animals want you - The Pennsylvania SPCA and ACCT Philly are holding a joint Mega Match-a-thon aimed at connecting hundreds of needy pets with their perfect match. The three-day event starts tomorrow (Oct. 18). The goal is to find homes for 250 pets. The Pick Your Price fee includes spaying/neutering, initial vaccinations, microchip, one month of pet insurance and unconditional love for life. Hours are October 18: 1 pm to 8 pm. October 19: 9 am to 6 pm. October 20: 9 am to 6 pm. At Pennsylvania SPCA: 350 E. Erie Ave. and right down the street at ACCT Philly: 111 W. Hunting Park Ave
Crowning a new H2O spokesdog - The Philadelphia Water Department will host two spokesdog pageants on Oct. 19 at Schuylkill River Park to boost awareness of pollution caused by pet waste. Dogs representing Fitler Square will compete from 11 a.m. to noon and dogs representing University City will compete from 1 to 2 p.m. This will take place during the park’s Fall Festival scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voters elected this contest’s 30 finalists by casting approximately 14,500 online votes at PhillyWatersheds.org. Both winners will return the favor by serving as “ambassadogs” with the title of Philly Water’s Best Friend. This means they will attend events to show pet owners the importance of cleaning up water “poo-lution.”
(Public service announcement: Contrary to popular opinion, dog waste is not environmentally friendly, nor is it a fertilizer. Dog waste is a pollutant that spreads when rain or melting snow washes it into storm drains. This runoff causes bacteria, parasites, and algae to collect in local waterways. Dog owners should practice good green stewardship by flushing their dog’s waste down the toilet or discard it in the trash using a biodegradable bag.)
The Philly Water’s Best Friend Spokesdog Competition is a collaborative program involving the Philadelphia Water Department and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. It also includes local partners like Friends of Schuylkill River Park, the Powelton Village Civic Association, and Schuylkill Banks. For details, please visit PhillyWatersheds.org or call Cheryl Jackson of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary at (800) 445-4935, extension 112.
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (DVGRR) will hold its third annual “5K Run for Golden Gateway” November 2 starting at the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails trailhead in Cornwall. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the race start slated for 11:00. Additionally there will be a one-mile walk offered for participants in lieu of the 5K race. The cost is $25.00 for either the 5K run or one-mile walk prior to Oct. 31. After Oct. 31, registration is $30.00. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and reusable bag. Sponsorships for the event are also available. For more information, visit www.dvgrr.org/events/dvgr’s-2013-5k-run-for-golden-gateway or call DVGRR at (717) 484-4799.