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Festival for the Animals to benefit the Maryland SPCA goes virtual

Runs from September 9-26
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Posted at 2:23 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 17:17:36-04

BALTIMORE — This year's Festival for the Animals is going to look a lot different than in years past.

The annual fundrasier for the Maryland SPCA is going to be done virtually with a walk-a-thon from September 9-26.

Participants are still encouraged to sign up and either raise funds solo or with a team, said Andy Beres, the communications director at the Maryland SPCA. They'll also be asked to track their steps each day on the shelter's website during the walk-a-thon.

"What’s really exciting is every mile we travel together is going to unlock $100 in sponsored donations," Beres said. "If we reach our goal of 650 miles then that’s going to be $65,000 to support homeless dogs and cats at the Maryland SPCA."

The shelter is asking people to walk an average of 3,000 steps a day, which represents the number of animals adopted each year.

Every dollar raised will go toward not only the care of the pets at the shelter but also the services and programs the Maryland SPCA provides every day to help all animals.

"We continue our life-saving work in the community to improve pets and people’s lives but our revenue is down. We are more committed than ever to serving pets in our community, whether that’s through virtual adoptions, pet food assistance to help people keep their dogs and cats, online training classes. We need support," said Beres.

If you'd like to participate in the virtual Festival for the Animals, click here to find out how to sign up and track your steps.

The fundraising goal is $110,000.