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Sauk County Humane Society hosts PAWS Walk

May 3, 2019

Sauk County’s Humane Society has multiple reasons to celebrate Saturday as it hosts its annual PAWS Pledge Walk in Baraboo.

The number of years it has held the fundraiser: 20.

The number of animal lovers and canine companions who participate: 200.

The number of animals that benefit: 2,000.

“This year, with a record number of business and individual sponsors, the SCHS has pulled out all the stops,” said Rachel Leuzinger, the organization’s outreach manager.

PAWS will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sauk County Fairgrounds, highlighted by a walk led by Hannah Flood, co-host of WMTV/Ch. 15’s morning show.

Walkers will follow either a 3-mile walk along the Riverwalk with Flood, or a 1-mile stroll through the neighborhood surrounding the fairgrounds.

Afterward, walkers can check out a new component of the event, Inspiration Alley, a walkway lined with personalized signs inspired by pledge donors’ pets. Meanwhile, a festival will feature juggling by T.J. Howell, dog agility demonstrations and a microchip clinic co-hosted by Lost Dogs of Wisconsin. James the Magician will stroll the grounds as kids get their faces painted and the Lakeview Ramblers deliver live music.

“There is something for everyone,” Leuzinger said.

She said the event is critical to the Humane Society’s mission because it raises the money the organization needs to provide medical care, food, shelter and adoption training services for thousands of animals.

Walkers can register online and generate enough pledges to compete for the grand prize, a “Brewers baseball evening” that includes four tickets to a game with hotel room and dinner. The second-highest pledge earner will win a private airplane tour for two over Devil’s Lake and the Baraboo Bluffs donated by Joe Canepa of Ryte Byte. Third place will win a full car detailing from Dirty Bird Detailing.

Founded in 1921, the Sauk County Humane Society runs an open admissions shelter in West Baraboo. It turns no animal away, no matter its age, condition or behavior. It provides around-the-clock animal control services to the county, as well as pet adoptions, emergency housing and care and education programs.