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Pittsburgh Puppy Up Walk for Cancer Awareness and Research

Pittsburgh Puppy Up Walk

October 27, 2013

Registration and Pet Fest: 11:00 a.m.

Walk and Blessing of the Animals: Noon

Western PA Humane Society

$20 Pre-registration, $30 day of event

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, Burton's Total Pet, and KK's Kritter Sitters will co-host a dog walk to raise awareness of canine cancer and help fund research to find a cure. The event -- Pittsburgh's fourth annual Puppy Up! Walk on Sunday, October 27 -- is happening in Pittsburgh and more than 30 cities throughout the United States.

The two-mile dog march will start and end at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (1101 Western Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233). At the start/finish participants will enjoy refreshments, and can find information on pet oncology, have photos taken of their pets, meet the Pirate Parrot, and visit our Grand Marshal Dog Leela, a two-time cancer survivor.

Registration starts at 11:00 a.m., and the walk begins at noon. The Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot will make an appearance during registration. The event festival will continue from 11:00 until 1:30 p.m.

Dog-owners, volunteers from dog shelters and rescue groups, and anyone who has ever been affected by cancer can pledge to join the walk for $20 (pre-registered by 10/25, $30 day of event), while local companies and pet service providers are encouraged to become Puppy Up! event sponsors. The walk proceeds will go to the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, while proceeds from raffles will go to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society to help the Pittsburgh nonprofit continue its work to reduce pet overpopulation and help find homes for the shelter's animals.

Notes: Register online for $20 prior to the walk. Select the "Large Dog Meetup" team, if you'd like to raise funds as a group.

The story of 2 Million Dogs began with a man named Luke Robinson and his two dogs, Hudson and Murphy, embarking on a walk from Austin, TX, to Boston, MA, following the loss of Robinson's Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, to cancer. The trio walked from town to town sharing Malcolm's story and educating people about cancer in dogs. As they built a nationwide grassroots movement, Robinson had a vision: 2,000,000 dogs walking simultaneously all across the United States for cancer. If two dogs could walk over 2,000 miles, surely it was possible. "Through the Puppy Up! Walk, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world-from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians-a partnership forged with the singular purpose of ridding the world of its deadliest disease," says Robinson.

Dogs, who have strong genetic similarities with humans, get many of the same types of cancers as people do, and have similar responses to cancer-fighting drugs. When diagnosed, dogs often have a shorter survival time than humans, allowing researchers to see if a drug is making a difference in a shorter period. The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. On a local level, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and KK's Kritter Sitters support this worthy cause.

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Registration, donations, and sponsorship: Pittsburgh Puppy Up Walk

Facebook: Pittsburgh Puppy Up Walk

Twitter: @PGHPuppyUp


Pittsburgh Puppy Up Walk Grand Marshal, Leela, two-time cancer survivor and all-around great dog

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