Dog people: Turn off your Hootsuite, tout de suite. The Phoenix is telling you about this one early, because it’s one of those things where you hit your peeps up for pledges, do the thing, and it amounts to writing a big fat check to an org you really love.
Up to now, it has been called the Paws for a Cause 5K and Festival, to raise money for Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter. However, at some point last year, those fine folks received an email that was not immediately litigious but said, in essence, “That’s our trademark, please cease and desist.” Thus, for 2017 and beyond, we have the illustrious Save a Stray 5K & Festival, to take place on Saturday, August 26, the route to begin and end at L.L.Bean’s Flagship Store (95 Main St, Freeport) and skirt their campus and go through part of downtown Freeport. If you haven’t been up lately, schedule it now, get registered at https://coastalhumanesociety.donorpages.com/SaveAStray5K/ and use it as an excuse to cruise the outlets. Or simply write it off under ‘networking expenses.’ The truth is, dog people don’t have to do either, because it’s all about reducing the suffering and increasing the quality of life for many, many pooches, pups and persons-of-fur.
Even the uninitiated can tell it’s a great party, because not only can your own dog come, but what would be waiting for you at the finish line but a meow-mosa or a drooly Mary? Not to mention fun for the kids (Vet for a Day, among other things), demonstrations, and, in another departure from last year, a Worst in Show competition. So brave the wild, with your animal.