The Texas State Strutters are hosting the Strut & Pup 5K Fun Run to raise money for the PAWS Shelter and Humane Society of Central Texas, along with as many as 10 furry friends from the shelter April 3 at 5 Mile Dam.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. and all students are welcome to participate. Runners are invited to bring their own dogs so they can complete the race by their companion’s side.
For the Strutters, the 5K is more than just a fund raising opportunity for the team because of the personal connection they share with the shelter, said Meghan Hopper, Strutters social officer.
“A few of the girls on the team have actually rescued dogs from PAWS,” Hopper said. “We’re all really passionate about what (PAWS does) and we’re all really excited to work with them.”
Representatives of the shelter said they are excited a team from the Texas State community cares about their work.
“A lot of our volunteers are actually Texas State students,” said volunteer coordinator Katheryn White.
The event will serve as an opportunity for PAWS to reach out to the community and build their volunteer base, she said.
“They really seem to care about the animals,” White said. “They’re super sweet and they really want to help make a difference.”
White said the people at PAWS hope the Strut & Pup 5K Fun Run will increase not only the number of volunteers, but also the amount of adoptions. A portion of the proceeds from the run will be donated to the shelter, which will help fund everything from food and basic necessities to medicine and medical procedures, as well as aiding in the adoption process.