Howl-o-ween Walk to Benefit Second Chance Animals

Howl-o-ween Walk to Benefit Second Chance Animals

Howl-o-ween Walk to Benefit Second Chance Animals

Sunday, October 27, is the date of the ninth annual Walk and Wag in Dorset, Vt.; a day that may bring out ghosts and goblins as well as dogs and their people. Beginning with registration at noon, the Walk is a great way for people throughout the Northshire to enjoy a low-impact stroll beginning at the Dorset Playhouse on Cheney Road and traveling around the village green, and back to the Playhouse to socialize, enjoy free refreshments, and get in costume for the highlight of the event — the Howl-o-ween Costume Parade. All this fun has a serious purpose; namely, to raise money so that Second Chance Animal Center can help homeless dogs find, and fit in with, their new families.

Registration is a tax-deductible $25 per dog, unless exceeded by a pledge amount; pledge forms are available on-line at or at the shelter on Route 7A in Shaftsbury, across from the entrance to Lake Shaftsbury State Park. The full pledged amount is due at the Walk, and the highest amount raised over a minimum of $100, will win a prize.

Following registration and before heading out, participants and visitors will receive a blessing by Fr. Scott Neal, rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Arlington, Vt.

When the four- and two-footed walkers return, it’s time to get into costume for the parade, which will recognize all categories of finery, including Scariest, Most Original, Best Owner-Dog Combo, Funniest and probably a few others. There will be a grand-prize winner, selected by Second Chance volunteers as well as the audience. The Walk takes place rain or shine (no snow, we hope!), and participants are asked to bring fabric — not flexible —  leashes, due to the number of pets and people involved. All dogs will get a Halloween bandana and Wagatha’s dog biscuits for attending.

As in the past, the money raised by the Walk is earmarked to teach shelter dogs basic obedience and commands, so that they will have the best possible chance of finding a forever home. Second Chance uses outside consultants and staff to do this training, and it pays big dividends in terms of shelter dogs being able to join their new families with good manners right from the start.

So help dogs and have fun this Sunday, beginning at noon at the Dorset Playhouse. For more information or directions, call 802-375-6138, visit us on Facebook, or check


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