NKY Dog Walkathon to benefit service dog organization

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 4:33 PM EDT
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UNION, Ky. (WXIX) - The NKY Dog Walkathon benefiting people who are visually impaired is happening on Oct. 3 at the Boone County Arboretum.

The walkathon benefits Pilot Dogs which is an organization based out of Columbus, Ohio that also works with the visually impaired in the Tri-State.

Veterinarian Technician Joan Arnold says she has a close personal friend whose seeing-eye dog has given her the freedom to do the things she enjoys.

“She [my friend] says it’s so much easier and so much more fulfilling to have a dog than a cane,” Arnold explained.

The annual walkathon encourages everyone to bring their dogs and enjoy the beautiful walk around the arboretum. They ask for a donation from everyone who participates.

Each year, the goal of the 5K walk is to raise $10,000 which is the cost of one service dog.

The dogs are specially trained and placed with their owner to help them live life fully. They can travel, go for walks, shop, and much more.

“You think that your bond with your personal pet is close, with service dogs, it’s even closer because of that symbiotic relationship that they have with them,” Arnold said.

Registration for Sunday’s event begins at 11 a.m. and the walk starts an hour later.

There will be an after-party with refreshments, gift prizes, and awards beginning at 2 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the event Sunday, you can always donate to Pilot Dogs.

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