Paws for a Cause 5K to benefit Humane Society for Hamilton County animals

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By Jessica Hoover

The Humane Society for Hamilton County was chosen by Tito’s Handmade Vodka to host the Paws for a Cause 5K July 15. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. According to HSHC Events Manager Sierra Troitsky, Tito’s Handmade Vodka chooses humane societies and shelters across the nation to partner with for each race. Along with funds raised from the race, Tito’s will match all net proceeds up to $2,500.

Jake is a dog at Humane Society for Hamilton County. HSHC animals will benefit from the Paws for a Cause 5K. (Submitted photo)

“All net proceeds from the Paws for a Cause 5K run will benefit the Humane Society for Hamilton County and our no-kill mission,” Troitsky said. “It will help with our daily operating costs, treat and rehabilitate animals by giving veterinary care for all the animals at our facility and contribute to programs like the Survivor Program and Pets Healing Vets.”

The registration fee for the race is $37, which includes a custom finishers medal, T-shirt, chip timing, goodie bag, awards, raffle prizes and a magnet photo. Participants who are 21 and over also receive a free drink ticket for the race’s after-party at Four Day Ray. Four Day Ray will be giving 10 percent of the proceeds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day to HSHC. Starting at 10 a.m., Four Day Ray will have a special menu for the Paws for a Cause 5K with animal-themed drinks such as the “Meowmarita” and “Hoosier Bloodhound.”

There will be dogs up for adoption both at the race and the after-party, so interested runners or residents can fill out an application at the shelter to begin the adoption process.

“All of the animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped and have at a minimum their first round of shots, as well as a health check,” Troitsky said. “Once they’re adopted they’ll have 30 free days of pet insurance and a wellness check with a local veterinarian. Dogs are also temperament tested so that they are placed in the best possible environments for them.”

The race is open for animals and people, so feel free to bring along your favorite four-legged friend. To register for the race, visit to hamiltonhumane.com/event/paws-cause-5k-race.

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