OCHS Student Chapter hosts Dog Jog

Staff Writer

The Oktibbeha County Humane Society Student Chapter will host its annual fundraiser, the Dog Jog 5K and Fun Run, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today at McKee Park.

Although online registration has closed, anyone interested can register onsite at the event for $28.

“The money that we raise is given to our parent chapter, OCHS,” OCHSSC president Kate Sawaya said. “The money donated to OCHS goes to support many possible needs from The Second Chance fund, which provides necessary treatment to make an animal adoptable such as heartworm treatment, to food or supplies that the shelter needs.”

Sawaya said last year, OCHSSC raised nearly $2,000 at the Dog Jog, and she hopes this year the event will raise that much or more.

Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs, and adoptable dogs from OCHS will be available to rent during the event to run and play with.

“Also attending will be Small Mercies Animal Rescue, another small, local rescue,” Sawaya said. “They get lots of help from OHCS and are so grateful that they wanted to attend and bring more dogs to rent out to help raise more money for OCHS.”

All participants bringing their own dog must keep them on a leash at all times and are encouraged to bring their own plastic bags for pet waste.