The North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton will be overtaken by scores of four-legged critters and their owners and friends on Saturday as the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation presents its annual Tails and Trails event.
The festival, which includes 10K, 5K and 1-mile pet walks, is a major annual fundraiser for the foundation. All funds raised will go toward the Denton municipal animal shelter, which handles more than 5,000 abandoned and abused pets each year.
“We are expecting to race about 600 runners, and with their family and friends we could reach 1,000,” said Susan Manuel, race director.
This is the second year the 10K race will be offered. There have been slight course changes to it as well as the 5K race, Manuel said.
“We changed the route for the 10K and the 5K to make it a safer route — it’s on less-traveled streets,” she said.
This year’s event will see a few more food vendors than in years past, as well as a collection booth for items that people want to donate to the shelter.
“Dog food, blankets, detergent, any materials the shelter needs,” Manuel said.
Registration opens at 7 a.m. The 10K will start at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:15 a.m. and the 1-mile pet walk at 10 a.m.
“We also are having Twisted Bodies to do our warm-up at 7:30 a.m. — that is new, as well,” Manuel said. “We’re excited about the warm-up — that should be fun.”
She noted that the PepsiCo Animal Welfare Society will have a booth and is bringing Chester Cheetah. There will be a pet parade of shelter dogs available for adoption, a pet costume contest and children’s entertainment.
Another four-legged fundraiser on the horizon is the Humane Society of Flower Mound’s annual Fido Fest, which will take place Nov. 2 in Westchester Park.
The event kicks off with a 10 a.m. dog walk through the trails of Flower Mound followed by a morning of games, concessions, contests and more for dogs and owners.
“We’re expecting probably about 300 people,” said Karen Schram, one of the event organizers. “It’s just really a lot of fun for the people and their dogs.”
Schram said dogs from the Dallas Dog & Disc Club will participate, as well as the Flower Mound canine patrol.
There will be games and a lot of education, Schram said.
“One feature I think will really be of interest — a trainer that will teach children how to approach dogs they don’t know, and when it is OK to pet a dog and when it’s not.”
Volunteer trainers will also be on hand to answer any dog-related questions, she added.
Each registered dog will receive an official passport book with pawprint ID issued by the United Canines of Fido Fest and Flower Mound’s humane society.
For more information on the event or donating to the humane society, visit www.hsfm.org.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.