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Relay for Dogs: Dogs’ day in park raises awareness, money for American Cancer Society

Even though dogs aren’t allowed at the annual Relay for Life event, the American Cancer Society doesn’t completely ban man’s best friend from helping raise money for cancer awareness.

Now in its third year, Relay for Dogs, which Mandy Revell calls “a doggy day in the park,” will take place Saturday at the Columbus State University soccer field. All dogs are welcome.

Revell, community manager for the American Cancer Society, said the canine social event will include a goody bag, a dog house raffle, giveaways and vendors, including the event’s presenting sponsor, the just-opened Pet Supermarket.

Those interested in attending can print a registration form from the Relay for Dogs website or get one at the event. It costs $20 to register and dogs must have written proof from a veterinarian that they are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Leashes are also required at all times, said Revell. She asks that dog owners refrain from using retractable leashes.

Revell said the only thing people really need to keep in mind is “You’re responsible for your dog,” but she was quick to add that she’s never had any problems with any dogs or owners.

For safety purposes, Animal Control will be present at the event.

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