On December 1, tens of dogs of all sizes and breeds led their owners to Pet-A-Thon, an event that aims to create awareness for animal rights, at PetStepin’, Rustam Bagh, behind Manipal Hospital at 10 am. The funds generated through the event were donated to Precious Paws, an organisation involved in animal welfare activities.
The Pet-A-Thon, organised by Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor (RBITC), is a run-up to the upcoming SBI Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2013. It is aimed at creating awareness on animal rights and causes, and also provided an opportunity for animal lovers to give their pets a fun day-out.
The event started with a walk, which was followed by a discussion with Dr Lohith about dogs, their nature, behaviour and how one should take care of them. There was a discussion on pampering and grooming with Sai Chitnis. There was also a treasure hunt organised for the dogs by Sindhoor Pangal.
One could also adopt a dog at the event, through Precious Paws Foundation’s adoption drive for rescued puppies. There were calendars, bumper stickers and lot more on sale for raising funds.
The Pet-A-Thon is a precursor to the seventh edition of the SBI Bengaluru Midnight Marathon on December 14 that aims to raise funds for RBITC’s social service projects relating to environment, health, community and vocational services.
This year, Pet-A-Thon had tied up with several animal care organisations including PetSteppin - a relaxing getaway for pets amidst lush greenery and open spaces set in the heart of the city behind Manipal Hospital, on old Airport Road and Tailshots, a pet photography agency.
To register, pet owners paid a fee of Rs 200, all of which went towards The Precious Paws Foundation, an NGO dedicated toward animals and their rights. Dinesh, one of the participants, shared, “I am really happy that I brought my dog Eva here. This was the best Sunday morning ever for my dog and me. I strongly support the cause.”
Nishanth, the organiser, said, “I am glad to see so many people participating and supporting the cause. I would like to request everyone to participate in the main event, SBI Bengaluru Midnight Marathon to support many other causes.”
Marathon schedule on race day Dec 14
Community Relay by Nambiars 5 x 1 km each at 6 pm
Schneider Electronic IT City Fun Run, 5 kms at 8 pm
Target 10K Run at 10 pm
Full Marathon 42.195 kms, at12 midnight
Carewel Half Marathon, 21.95 kms, at 12 midnight
Women’s Relay, 8 x 5 kms each, at 12:15 am
Corporate Relay 8 x 5 kms each, at 12:15 am