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Hike and run with man’s best friend

Sarah Gonser

Celebrate the end of summer with your dog and support a worthy cause by joining the third annual Trails and Tails fund-raiser Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Spooner Lake and Spooner Lake State Park.

“It’s a really fun event,” said Ken Gentile, Animal Control officer at El Dorado County Animal Control. “It’s so fantastic around the lake this time of year with the Quaking Aspens just beginning to turn.”

The 5K fitness walk or run and the more challenging 5K/10K run will benefit Pet Aid and the Good Samaritan Fund. El Dorado County Animal Control will allocate the funds to these organizations on a need basis.

“This event is a real quality bonding experience for dogs as well as people,” said Dr. Stacy Baker, co-race director with Jean Lurkins, and veterinary doctor at Kingsbury Veterinary Hospital. “Most importantly, it provides the funds for the intensive care of severely injured and abandoned pets.”

Funds raised from the event will be used to help pets get the surgery and therapy they need as well as facilitate finding adoptive homes.

“This is a wonderful event, very outgoing,” Gentile said, “It helps us give animals the extra care they need rather than having to scrape for the funds.”

Those who finish in the first few spots will receive medals, annual canine or feline vaccines for their pets and other awards.

Each participant will receive a raffle ticket. The prizes include a season pass at Diamond Peak cross country center as well as prize donations from The Beacon Restaurant, Sprouts, Sam’s Place, The Chart House Restaurant, Wonderland and many others.

A post-race party will be catered by Rude Brothers Bagels and Bonanza Produce.

For entry fees, race day information, lodging, parking and more, call Jean Lurkins at (702) 588-3065.

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