Ewa pet walk ben­e­fits spay-neuter ser­vices

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - PETS - By Nina Wu nwu@starad­ver­tiser.com

The West Oahu Pet Walk is on again this year, but with a twist: It will be held in the evening of June 3 in­stead of the morn­ing, at Ewa-Pu­u­loa District Park in Ewa Beach.

The 1-mile walk, themed “Night Light and Bite,” will kick off at 6 p.m. to sup­port Poi Dogs & Popoki, a non­profit that pro­vides mo­bile spay-and-neuter clin­ics to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties on Oahu. The en­try fee is $50 per fam­ily (regis­ter by May 31 to re­ceive a free light-up LED col­lar and bag of Teeth Treat den­tal treats).

The fourth-an­nual walk was sched­uled for the early evening to take ad­van­tage of cooler tem­per­a­tures, es­pe­cially on the hot­ter Lee­ward Coast, ac­cord­ing to Poi Dogs & Popoki founder Ali­cia Malu­afiti.

“Ev­ery year, par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Pet Walk has dou­bled be­cause West Oahu is the fastest-grow­ing pet-friendly com­mu­nity in the state,” she said in a news re­lease. “This year we ex­pect 600 pet own­ers and 350 pets to join us at this pau-hana walk.”

Malu­afiti launched Poi Dogs & Popoki in 2009 with a truck named the “Big Fix,” pro­vid­ing mo­bile, low-cost spay-and-neuter ser­vices in places such as Wa­ianae, Hau­ula and Waimanalo. The group ster­il­ized more than 5,000 cats and dogs last year, Malu­afiti said, and plans to roll out a sec­ond mo­bile clinic in Septem­ber, of­fer­ing low-cost pre­ven­tive ser­vices in­clud­ing vac­ci­na­tions, de­worm­ing and flea treat­ments.

Five par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants will pro­vide pupu for hu­mans par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Pet Walk, while dogs will re­ceive treats, ten­nis balls, food bowl mats and other good­ies. VCA An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal will staff an “Ask a Vet” booth, and other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a ca­nine ob­sta­cle course, photo booth, pup play pool and tours of the Big Fix. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants will also be en­tered into prize draw­ings.

Info: poidogsand­popoki.org.

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