Photo courtesy of Forget Me Not Photography.
A colorful pup at the Paws for the Cause run.
The Shelby Humane Society in Columbiana takes in more than 5,000 unwanted pets each year — many of them lost, neglected or abused — but it takes a lot of money to care for these animals. That’s where Paws for the Cause comes in.
The annual Paws fundraiser — now in its eighth year and featuring both a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run and pet walk — will be at Veterans Park in Hoover Oct. 8. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. and the fun run at 9:30 a.m. Pets are welcome at the event.
All proceeds will support the society’s efforts to care for animals and educate the public about the responsibilities of animal ownership.
The nonprofit Best Friends of Shelby Humane Society will plan the event with the help of The Animal League of Birmingham, according to Best Friends spokesperson Stephanie Clayton.
Early registration, prior to Sept. 15, will be $30 for the 5K, $20 for the one-mile fun run or $35 for both. The sleep-in option will be $25. After Sept. 15, registration will be $35 for the 5K, $25 for the fun run or $40 for both.
Packet pickup the week of the race will be available at The Trak Shak at 4700 U.S. 280 E. Packet pickup and late registration will be on race day beginning at 7 a.m.
Participants can register online at runsignup.com. For more information and updates, go to shelbyhumane.org or to the Facebook pages for Shelby Humane Society or Best Friends of Shelby Humane Society. Questions, including sponsorship opportunities, can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.