5K seeks to build a spay and neuter clinic in Columbia
COLUMBIA - Residents and their furry friends are committed to a worthy cause.
Treats Unleashed hosted the Pet Expo Unleashed 5K Run this morning.
Dozens of dogs and their owners were suited up and ready to take on Stephens Lake Park.
After the 5K was the Pet Expo, which like the run, is raising money to benefit "No Kill Columbia" Spay Neuter Project that is expected in result in the building of a spay and neuter clinic in Columbia.
Committee Chair for the event Caitlin Hull says the clinic is necessary.
"I believe that we should help animals because they're helpless and they can't speak for themselves. Also, there's a lot of animals euthanized in a shelter every year. And by spaying and neutering pets, we can help save some of those animals," Hull said.
Hull said the goal is to build a clinic that is low cost, high quality and high quantity, and they are well on their way to achieving it.
"So, to be accepted in to the Humane Alliance, which is a national program, we have to raise $100,000. We're currently at 85 percent of our goal. And we're hoping between the 5K today, and the Pet Expo, and we also have the Art Unleashed next Friday, between those we'll get our $100,000," Hull said.
To continue reaching toward its goal, Treats Unleashed will also be holding Arts Unleashed next Friday.