The Humane Society of Knox County is excited to announce that its 14th annual Fur & Foliage Dog Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Thomaston Academy Building on Route 1 in Thomaston. HSKC is making it easier to register and raise money for this fun and worthwhile family event. Not only is the registration fee reduced to $20 for adults and $10 for kids (6-17) but through the power of First Giving, entrants can now register online, generate their own fundraising page, make pledges to existing walkers, or create or join a team. Attendance at the walk is free and open to everyone, but registered walkers who help the shelter raise funds receive a special 2011 walk T-shirt and the knowledge that they are helping the homeless animals in the community. Walkers can also collect pledges the traditional way by using a pledge form available at hskcme.org or at the shelter facility and register on the day of the event.

In addition to new options for registering and fundraising, this year’s Fur & Foliage is offering more event-day activities including balloon artists, caricaturists (for your best friend or you and your best friend), live music, Santa photos, vendors, agility displays, doggie contests, kids’ activities, food, and more.

This year’s top sponsors are Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital and Rockland Animal Hospital. Also sponsoring the event are Machias Savings Bank, Sea Street Graphics, Safe Harbor Confections, Camden National Bank, Brooks Trap Mill, Maritime Energy and Domino’s Pizza. There are still more sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact Tracy at humane@midcoast.com.

Please look for more information about this event at firstgiving.com/hskcme, the HSKC website, and our Facebook page. Help raise vital funds for pets in need, register today and start asking friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to help you help the animals.

The Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society supports activities advocating responsible pet ownership and the prevention of abuse and cruelty, and it sponsors events and activities that promote the health and welfare of animals and demonstrate the benefits of the human-animal bond. Since 1991, the Society has operated a shelter located on Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston. The shelter is open between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, closed on Sundays. For more information contact: 594-2200.