Spay It Ain't So

FUNDRAISER

The Animal Coalition of Tampa holds its major annual fundraiser, Stride for Strays, this Saturday at Al Lopez Park as part of its continuing efforts to decrease the number of animals being euthanized in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. In 2006, 44,000 companion animals were put to death in both counties, and the one tried-and-true way to reduce these numbers is to increase the availability of low-cost spay and neuter services. The community is invited to bring their four-legged friends and take part in the one-mile stroll to support ACT's spay-neuter programs while enjoying live performances by the Johnny G. Lyon Band, demonstrations by dog trainers, animal and owner look-alike contests, food and beverages, and an animal costume contest. Several animal rescue groups will also be on hand with info about animals available for adoption. All donations raised by striders will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor. To register for the walk or to sign up to be a vendor, visit strideforstrays.org. Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-noon, Al Lopez Park, 4900 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, 727-453-8555.

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