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Annual Walk for Animals/Bark for Life set for June 10

BEMIDJI—The 33rd annual Walk for Animals/Bark for Life will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at the main pavilion in Diamond Point Park. The event, hosted by Great River Rescue in Bemidji, allows animal lovers to walk their dogs from Diamond Point Park along Lake Bemidji while enjoying a number of other activities. Participants also may sign up to walk shelter dogs from Great River Rescue.

The day will include a demonstration by the Sheriff Office's K9 unit, a cancer survivor story, other pet-related demonstrations, and more, a release said.

Local veterinarians and groomers will be present and a hot dog lunch will be available for a free-will donation. Great River Rescue also will host an online "Pets in Action" photo contest. Pet owners can submit photos of their pet(s) being active at In the weeks leading up to the event, the public can vote on their favorites. The winners will earn a spot in the Rescue's 2019 calendar. Participants can register for the walk for Animals/Bark for Life at Registration is $25, which includes an event T-shirt. Participants also are encouraged to start fundraising teams. The top fundraisers will win prizes such as free grooming sessions, gift cards, and pet supplies, among others, the release said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit both Great River Rescue and the American Cancer Society.

Following the walk, prizes will be awarded for the top fundraising individuals. The winners of the online pet photo contest also will be announced.