Charity runners, some on two legs, some on four, will take to the streets Sunday to raise money for the Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts.

The annual 5K dog jog starts this year at Dragon Bay, SafeHaven, at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Runners can compete on their own or with their dog, with prizes for winners in each category.

The dog jog is one of two main annual fundraisers for CARE, says volunteer director Lesley Agostinelli.

“Our program offers free spay and neuter for dogs and cats, in order to help control the overpopulation issue we have in Cayman,” she said.

“The dog jog is extremely important in keeping the program running.”

CARE funds spay and neuter for pet owners who cannot afford vet care. It also hosts community spay and neuter days, signing up people to have their pets fixed.

Ms. Agostinelli said overpopulation was at the root of many of the animal welfare issues on the island.

She said, “We hope to reduce the numbers going into the government pound and hopefully create a more sustainable situation, so we don’t have to lean so much on our overseas partners for adoptions and we control our own population and keep cats and dogs happy and healthy.”

This is the ninth year for the dog jog.

Enter online at Pre-race registration takes place Saturday at the Camana Bay observatory, from midday to 4 p.m. The rules limit entrants to one dog per person.

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