Annual Winter Dog Walk to Benefit AC PAW and PEACE Ranch

June McGrath, of AC PAW, accepts funds raised from 2014 Winter Dog Walk. Representing PSNN are members Val Dietz (left) Woofers On The Run-Dog Running, Walking & Pet Sitting & Laurie Conney (right) 45th Parallel Pet Services. Photo credit: Pet Sitters Network North.

June McGrath, of AC PAW, accepts funds raised from 2014 Winter Dog Walk. Representing PSNN are former member Val Dietz (left) Woofers On The Run-Dog Running, Walking & Pet Sitting & Laurie Conney (right) 45th Parallel Pet Services. Photo credit: Pet Sitters Network North.

The first blush of spring is in the air. Take advantage and enjoy the season by participating in Pet Sitters Network North’s (PSNN) third annual Winter Dog Walk. Open to the general public, the walk raises funds and awareness for two local animal rescues, AC PAW, celebrating its 20th year, and PEACE Ranch, a horse (and human) rescue. The walk, in honor of Professional Pet Sitters Week, kicks off on Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 pm at the Silver Lake Recreation Area by the Pavilion, 1785 N. East Silver Lake Road, Traverse City. The fun afternoon event includes a goody bag for each participant filled with local dog related special offers and information, plus a doggie treat courtesy of D.O.G. Bakery

After the walk, take advantage of the beautiful facilities and give your pup the opportunity to romp at the dog park with some of his or her new friends. There will be no registration, lines to wait in or participation fee. Monetary donations will be collected for AC PAW and PEACE Ranch. Throughout its 20 years, AC PAW, an all volunteer nonprofit organization, has rescued and placed in new homes nearly 9,000 dogs and cats. All are health screened, vaccinated, and spayed/neutered prior to adoption. Because of this, AC PAW has prevented thousands of dogs and cats from being born into the suffering of an already overcrowded world.

PEACE Ranch rescues horses from abuse and neglect and rehabilitates the horses, who then go on to help children and adults in need of healing as well. PEACE Ranch is a faith-based equine assisted therapy center founded on the belief that there is great potential for healing in the parallel process of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Restoration between horses and humans. Both groups are greatly appreciative of any and all community support.

Professional Pet Sitters Week (March 1-7) is an international campaign initiated by Pet Sitters International. Its purpose is to educate pet owners about the advantages of in-home care for their pets. For pet owners, pet sitting provides a unique and beneficial alternative to boarding facilities or to having to rely on family and neighbors. It reduces stress for both the pet and provides peace of mind for the family. A professional pet sitter is experienced and reliable. All members of Pet Sitters Network North are insured and bring special training as well as a professional background and demeanor.

Pet sitting goes beyond simply feeding and caring for pets. In addition to basic pet care, professional pet-sitting services may offer dog walking/running, care of special needs pets, pet transportation services, and overnight stays. Members of Pet Sitters Network North go the extra mile to insure your pet’s specific needs are met.

Winter will soon transition into spring. Take this opportunity to get out and walk with your “best friend” and help PSNN raise money for two great causes, AC PAW and PEACE Ranch. PSNN will match the first $200 in donations received. As pet sitters, it’s important to each of them in the network that every pet be a wanted pet.

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