Whitby, Ont. hosts an animal lover’s 5K

Run or walk with your pet and raise money for Durham County Humane Society on June 24.

Dec. 17, 2008 was a tragic day in Whitby, Ont. A fire swept through the Human Society of Durham, destroying the complex and taking the lives of 125 animals at the shelter.

Two years later, the Humane Society rebounded, building a new facility to shelter unwanted, abandoned or mistreated animals until they find an adoptive family. But with this new construction came new financial challenges for the private, non-profit organization.

Last year, fitness consultants Allison Hansen and Caron Shepley founded the Intact Insurance Furry Friends 5K run/walk in order to help raise funds for the animal shelter. The 2011 inaugural event generated $14,000 for the Humane Society of Durham County, with 240 runners and walkers in attendance with over 150 dogs.

The event is unique in that runners and walkers are allowed to participate with their animal. There will be water stations for both humans and dogs. Also, there will be dog and cat specific race kits, as well as a t-shirt for human entrants.

The event is chip-timed, and teams of four can also be entered, with or without animals.

The Intact Insurance Furry Friends 5K takes place June 24 at 9 a.m. in Whitby, Ont.

For more information or to register go to http://furryfriends5k.ca/ or call Allison Hansen at 905-718-7248.