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City, VSAS to Hold “Fast & The Furriest” Benefit Event for Dog Owners

By Staff


animalpetsThe City of Rochester Animal Services and the Verona Street Animal Society (VSAS) will hold “The Fast & The Furriest” benefit event Saturday, June 4, for dog owners and their dogs, at the Animal Services Center, 184 Verona St.

“We are committed to maintaining a high quality of life in Rochester, not just for our human residents, but for their furry companions as well,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “The Fast and The Furriest event is a great way for people to get to know the staff and volunteers at our Animal Services division who provide these services, a critical component to creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, better educational opportunities, and keeping tails wagging all over our city.”

The city said the tenth annual event will include 10K and 5K races, a dog walk, and pet festival to highlight the city’s Animal Services agency, boost pet adoptions, stimulate volunteer recruitment, and support the shelter’s animal care, enrichment, community outreach, and spay/neuter programs.

New to the event this year will also be free distemper/parvovirus vaccinations, along with rabies vaccinations at the walk-up clinic.

In addition, microchips will be provided for pets at no charge. However, there will be limited quantities of vaccinations and microchips, 200 and 100, respectively, so free services will be provided while supplies last.

Officials also said owners seeking three-year rabies vaccinations should bring vaccination records to avoid the recording of a one-year vaccination.

Activities for children and live musical performances will also be featured at the event, as well as pet contests for the furriest dog, best tail wag, best dog trick, hot dog bobbing, and owner/pet look-alike contests.

Pet adoptions will be $10 for cats and $20 for dogs, and the shelter will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., that day.

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