BANGOR — The Bangor Humane Society will be kicking off its 28th annual Paws on Parade event this fall.
Round up all your dog-loving friends and their dogs.
The annual event is back after a year with nothing but virtual events.
“Pet lovers can expect a return to the old-style event. The Paws on Parade that everyone knows and loves, which is a giant community dog walk,” said Kathryn Ravenscraft, director of development for the Bangor Humane Society.
Paws on Parade is Bangor Humane Society’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
The committee chairman of the event said the goal is to raise $75,000 dollars.
“The Bangor Humane Society takes in about 2,000 animals a year and there is a pretty substantial cost for that,” said Russ Maynard, a board member of Bangor Humane Society. “We reach out to folks in the community to help out with that cost. We are slowly funded by the community.”
Pet lovers are expected to wear a mask and follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
Typically hundreds of people walk together on the Bangor waterfront. But this year, Paws will be switching locations and will be taking place at Husson University.
“There will be plenty of places to park. We’ve had some parking issues years prior,” said Maynard. “We will actually be holding our walk on the campus. It’s a closed-off area and you don’t have to worry about traffic and worry about police blocking off intersections.”
Ravenscraft said there will be a virtual aspect for those who are hesitant about attending the parade in person.
Registration is happening now until the day of the event, which is Saturday, Oct. 2.
“They’re ready. We already got people signing up and we’ve got teams raising money,” said Ravenscraft. “It’s on, it’s totally on.”