The Richmond SPCA’s signature Dog Jog and 5K Run spring fundraiser expands this year with the addition of a block party. The family- and pet-friendly event is presented by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts and will be held Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the nonprofit’s humane center on Hermitage Road.
Building upon the success of last year’s 20-Years No Kill Anniversary Block Party celebration, the Richmond SPCA is growing its annual Dog Jog and 5K Run to include an afternoon with bands, food trucks, an outdoor marketplace, and adult beverages for purchase.
“We had such great feedback after last year’s block party,” said Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Tamsen Kingry. “We had a wonderful turnout from former adopters, family, friends, and the Richmond animal-loving community at large; we wanted to have an opportunity to celebrate an event like that every year. It made sense to add a festival-like atmosphere to the Dog Jog, which is already a beloved family-friendly event.”
There is one big difference, though. This year, a sponsorship from Moore Subaru is making the block party free for everyone to attend.
“We will happily accept a suggested donation of $5, which will contribute to our goal to raise $205,000 that day to support our important work in the year ahead,” said Kingry.
Funds raised will benefit approximately 4,000 homeless animals who will be sheltered at the Richmond SPCA this year, as well as the lifesaving programs and services the nonprofit provides for pets and people, including low-cost veterinary care, a free behavior helpline, training classes, and youth activities.
In addition to sponsorships, funds will be raised via peer-to-peer fundraising and registration fees from participants in the chipped-timed 5K and the leisurely 1-mile Dog Jog. Early bird pricing is available through March 1 and includes $10 off the $45 per-event registration fees. The first 1,000 race registrants will receive a T-shirt, medal, and other items in a goodie bag filled with swag from event sponsors. This year’s shirt is being designed by local tattoo artist Jelena N. and features the Richmond SPCA’s 2022-2023 mascots, Nita and Willa.
The event timeline includes activities for pets and people of all ages throughout the day:
- 5K, 10 a.m. (people only)
- Little Paws Kids Fun Run, 11 a.m. (free for kids 4-10 years old)
- Dog Jog, 11:30 a.m.
- Free Block Party, noon to 5 p.m.
For more information or to register, please visit richmondspca.org/dogjog.
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