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Help Pet Owners in Need During Rochester Hope for Pets’ 6th Annual Dog Walk

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On Saturday, June 14, the greater Rochester community will come together to help pet owners in need at Rochester Hope for Pets’ 6th Annual Dog Walk & Pet Education Expo. The walk will take place in Highland Park beginning near the Lilac Arches at 10 a.m. Registration opens at 9 a.m.

Rochester Hope for Pets was established to help improve the quality of life for Rochester area companion animals by providing grants to pet owners during times of need. Since 2008, more than 800 awards have been made for care at more than 50 veterinary facilities in the greater Rochester area. This year, one of the canine award recipients, Benny, will be walking his tail off for Hope.

In April of 2013, this already paralyzed pup began bringing up water and foamy mucus, and his breathing became heavily labored. He was very uncomfortable and lethargic. He was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia from the fluids he brought up and megaesophagus, a condition in which the muscles of the esophagus lose their tone and are no longer able to push food into the stomach. With an award from Rochester Hope for Pets, Benny’s family was able to afford the treatments he needed for his megaesophagus. This included exams, blood work, cultures, x-rays, and hospitalization. He recently celebrated his sixth birthday and shows no signs of slowing down!

“There are many great organizations for pets out there, but the one that stands out for us is RHFP,” Benny’s owner, Jan Conte, said. “It’s not just because we were an award recipient from RHFP either. It’s mainly because of the wonderful people we’ve come to know who run and work for this organization; people who’ve gone out of their way to give us encouragement and verbal support long after our dog Benny’s emergency. These people really care and work very hard to help not just pets, but their families too.”

This year’s event features kid-friendly activities, including a bounce house and visits from Sabi- a Monroe County Sherriff Department K9 cop- and McGruff the Crime Dog. There will also be educational tables with veterinary professionals on hand to answer questions, as well as dog training demonstrations by Mark Patrick of Tuxedo’s K9 Training Camp. You can even have a portrait taken with your dog by Lili Plotkin of Four Legs Photo.

Pet-related services will also be featured at many of the sponsor tables. Raffle prizes include a family pack for the Rochester Museum & Science Center, a gift basket from Pet$aver, a Hedonist Chocolates gift card, homemade dog treats from Dooley’s Delights, a gift basket from Cheryl’s Kitty B&B, and a gift bag from Trader Joe’s.

Our generous lead sponsors this year are: Bayer Animal Health, Monroe Veterinary Associates and Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore. Other sponsors include AT&T, Crime Stoppers, Dog E. Woggy’s K9 Playtime, Dooley's Delights, Hansen's Doggy Day Care and Spa, Kalenak Painting, Lollypop Farm, Medaille College, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Rustic Village Apartments, Safe at Home: Pet-Sitting Services, Silver Pet Prints of Rochester, Stanley Steemer, Toshiba Business Solutions, Tuxedo's K9 Training Camp and Wegmans.

For more information, to register for the walk in advance, or fundraise on behalf of Rochester Hope for Pets, please visit http://rochesterhopeforpets.org/activities.php or contact Beth Zogby at (585) 271-2733 ext. 89 or hopeforpets@gmail.com

About Rochester Hope for Pets
Founded in December 2008, Rochester Hope for Pets’ mission is to improve the quality of life for Rochester area companion animals and their families by providing grants toward veterinary care to pet owners during times of need, assisting veterinary health teams with continuing education and technology, and partnering with animal-related nonprofit organizations. In our short history, we have provided more than 800 awards for care at more than 50 veterinary facilities in Monroe and surrounding counties.

Help Pet Owners in Need During Rochester Hope for Pets’ 6th Annual Dog Walk


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