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Walk Your Dog To Support Wildlife in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – If taking your dog for a walk along the beach is losing its appeal, you can explore some new territory at Earthplace, Westport's nature discovery center.

Dogs aren't usually allowed at Earthplace. But on Sept. 11, you and your four-legged companion can walk along a 2-mile trail system that runs through the center's 84-acre wildlife sanctuary for the third annual Walk for Wildlife.

More than 30 species of non-releasable animals, both wild and domestic, live at Earthplace. These animals serve as animal ambassadors and allow visitors to learn about these them up close. Proceeds from the event will allow this wildlife education to continue and will support other animal programs at Earthplace.

After you and your dog hit the trails, catch a canine search-and-rescue demonstration, see a police K-9 in action or watch a canine first aid and CPR demonstration. The event will also feature a talk about environmentally and pet-safe products, a variety of pet-related vendors and exhibits, a silent auction and, of course, food — for both dogs and humans.

Dogs available for adoption will also be at the event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. If you don't have a dog but would like to support Earthplace, you can sponsor one of the center's staff dogs for the event.

The entry fee is $15. This fee will be waived for walkers who raise more than $50 in sponsorships. A grand prize will awarded to the highest sponsored walker. For more information, to register to walk or to become a sponsor, call 203-227-7253, Ext. 115, or visit the event's website .

Have you participated in past Walk for Wildlife events? What did you enjoy most?

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