SPCA pledge walk lets animal lovers walk theirs and help others

Neighbors

May 10, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN YOU'VE JUST lost your best four-legged friend, as we did last week, it's hard to pass by the shelter at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Eastport without a tear. That's where we got our dog, Jenny, about four years ago.

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is a nonprofit organization based at 1815 Bay Ridge Ave.

Volunteers there receive more than 5,000 unwanted dogs, cats, and other pets every year. The SPCA doesn't receive money from any government agency or national humane organizations. It depends on shelter fees, tax-deductible donations and fund-raising events.

One of those events, the eighth annual Walk for the Animals, will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. It's a great opportunity to take your pet for a pleasant walk on one of three courses extending a mile, 2.5 miles or five miles.

The idea is to get your friends and co-workers to pledge support for you and your pet to walk in the park. More than 80 prizes will be awarded to walkers who turn in the highest amount of pledges. The grand prize is a choice between two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and an Invisible Fence for your pet.

Check the Web site at www.aacspca.org to get a pledge sheet, or pick up a registration form from your veterinarian or pet supply store. Information: 410-268-2659.

Up for bids

The Davidsonville Ruritan Club on Route 424 is having a benefit auction at 1 p.m. Sunday to raise money for the Martin Barr Adventist School. The event features live and silent auctions, an international buffet and musicians.

Items for auction include Beanie Babies, gift baskets, crafts, gift certificates from area businesses, collectibles and framed art.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children age 5 to 12.

Information: 410-721-5187.

Walking in unity

Six weeks ago, a group from Annapolis left on a cross-country trek to support the cause of unity. I received a call from Barbara Hale, who's serving as the front-runner for Unity Project marchers Paul Callens and Joe "Ajax" Drayton.

Hale called from along Route 50 between Parkersburg, W.Va., and Athens, Ohio, where the walkers are due to arrive tomorrow.

"The mayor of Parkersburg was wonderful," Hale reported. "He hosted us for dinner at his restaurant last night, gave us a city pin, and then had the police drive us from Route 50 to the YWCA, where we spent the night."

The marchers are a bit behind schedule, but they plan to be in Cincinnati for a gathering Sunday.

"We're still looking for a bus driver," she said. "Right now, I've got my little car crammed with all of our gear."

The marchers have received a lot of support and generosity from the people they have met along the way.

"What's unbelievable to me is we'll go 22 miles every day and then look for a place to stay every night," Hale said. "Every time I've asked, the first person I've asked has said yes. It may be in a field or behind a barn, but we've had a safe place to stay each night.

"Then they share a bit of the history of their community or their farm -- sometimes they even cook dinner for us. It's just been a real variety of experiences, all very heartwarming. The people have been just extraordinary."

Group members say they hope to pick up more marchers as they trek along Route 50 to Sacramento, Calif. Hale will call from time to time and keep us up to date. Or you can log onto their Web site at www.unityday.org.

Honoring Hopkins

Former Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins will be honored at noon today for his 32 years of public service. The area adjacent to the Market House at the City Dock will be renamed "Hopkins Plaza." Current Mayor Dean L. Johnson will be among those helping to dedicate the space.

Pub Date: 5/10/99

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