Dogs felt ruff but not barking mad

The recent K9 5K was a hit with
runners of all shapes, sizes and species – and no one went barking mad!

It was organised by Cayman Animal
Rescue Enthusiasts and the St. Matthew’s Medical University School for
Veterinary Medicine and drew a field of some 180 people. However, what made the
event special was that 40 dogs also participated.

“I would honestly say everybody had
a blast. The weather was cool and overcast,” said Lesley Agostinelli of CARE.

“The course was just the right
length and everybody just seemed so happy and proud to be a part of the run. It
was great to see the start line with runners and dogs all mixed together and it
was a delight for people to be out and about with their four legged family
members as well.”

All finishers were entered into a
draw for prizes donated by local businesses, and each entrant received a
t-shirt sponsored by BritCay.

The event raised funds and
awareness for the CARE community spay and neuter campaign.

According to Agostinelli, CARE is devoted
to offering an intensive, easily accessible and, where necessary, free spay and
neuter service. The organisation also has an active trap, neuter and release
programme for feral cats.

“We aim to achieve a change in
community attitudes toward spaying and neutering pets through education and
example,” said Agostinelli.

The organisation aims to do this
through a grass roots campaign, one district at a time through door to door

St Matthew’s students were also
promoting the awareness of obesity in animals and offering home baked dog
treats and recipes.

After the success of the first
event, CARE intends to make the K9 5K an annual feature of the Cayman Islands
running calendar.

For more information on CARE,