The Pets Against Violence Awareness Walk is an event hosted by Plumas Rural Services and High Sierra Animal Rescue, and will be held Saturday, October 30. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the scavenger hunt kicks off at 10:30 a.m.
Walk start is at 11 a.m. at Gansner Park in Quincy and the distance of the walk is approximately two miles.
This is a free event, however, donations will be accepted to benefit High Sierra Animal Rescue.
All dogs must be vaccinated, well socialized, and on a leash.
This walk event will include a costume contest and prizes, a scavenger hunt, trick or treating for kids, a photo op with your pet, doggy treat bags, and a free leash for all families.
HSAR will bring adoptable dogs (in costume!), goody bags for pets, and dog food to hand out for those in need.
These organizations have teamed up to spread awareness about the link between Intimate Partner Violence and animal abuse. In an attempt to maintain power and control, an abusive partner will often turn their violence on the family pet.
Roughly 50 percent of victims will remain in an abusive relationship out of fear for their animals. Plumas Rural Services would like all to know that their shelter is pet friendly so that victims don’t have to choose between leaving their pets behind and finding safety. HSAR often rescues dogs who are victims of abuse and neglect and it is an honor for our nonprofit to partner with PRS in an attempt to keep people and their pets safe and together.
“The bond that we share with our dogs is something that can truly lift us out of the darkest times in our lives. As someone who has adopted a dog and found an extreme amount of comfort in her presence, I think it is so important for victims of abuse to keep their pets close and find healing together. I can’t imagine having to make the choice between my own safety and my pets’ safety. It’s incredible to know that we have a resource providing this kind of gift to families and pets in Plumas County,” said High Sierra Animal Rescue Marketing and Fundraising Manager Abigail Birnbryer.
“So many of the dogs that we save are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. It is our most sincere wish to eliminate violence and neglect toward animals in Plumas County and beyond. Our goal is to place them in loving, forever homes so that they will never experience that kind of pain and sorrow again.”
Birnbryer added with a smile, “We have just as great a love for the people in our community and we hope that this event will shed some light on these statistics and how community members can find peace and safety through Plumas Rural Services. We are very grateful and honored to be included in the Pets Against Violence Awareness Walk. Please join us for a good cause and some wonderful family/pet fun.”