Walk the Dog Has New Meaning With New Fundraiser

Members of Chi Nu fraternity will combine fun and charity with its first Pooch Pals 5K this fall. The non-competitive walk will be held on the WLU campus on Saturday, Sept. 8.

“Chi Nu is hosting the event to help local animal shelters of Belmont, Brooke, Ohio counties and Angel Ridge Animal Rescue. The event is a standard 5K walk/run, and everyone is welcome to bring their dogs,” explained Joshua Ridgeway, a senior criminal justice major from North Huntingdon, Pa.

Ridgeway also is an RA in Beta Hall where he can’t have pets but he intends to bring his lab mix breed dog to campus for the event.

“I’m a dog lover and really looking forward to the Pooch Pals 5K, and I hope we get a good turn-out. All the money is going to a great cause of helping needy animals in shelters,” he said.

The dog walk will also feature an adoption event to help pets find a home.

Pre-registration is open now on the Pooch Pals 5K Facebook page.

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Registration forms are also available in WLU Shaw Hall and at the local animal shelters. Tickets are $15 per person or $50 per family/team (up to five people plus $10 for each additional person). Walk-ins are welcome the day of the walk but will be charged an extra $5 fee for an entire team.

Every runner will receive a special event T-shirt, and there will be plenty of water stations for both participants and their pets.

All participants must follow the following rules:

  1. Must sign a waiver
  2. Must clean up after own pet
  3. Must bring copies of up-to-date shot records
  4. Must be at least 10 years old to hold a leashed dog
  5. All dogs must be on a leash.

No participant is permitted to bring dogs that are not well socialized and, if a dog acts aggressive, it will have to go home.

Chi Nu is a local fraternity established in 1952. Learn more about their latest news and events on Twitter at @ChiNuFraternity. To find out more about the Pooch Pals 5K, email Joshua Ridgeway at jjridgeway@westliberty.edu.

WLU has 10 Greek organizations on campus with about 250 students participating. The national sororities and fraternities include Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Phi Delta Theta and Theta Xi. The remaining organizations are local sororities and fraternities, including the sororities Delta Theta Kappa, Lambda Psi Sigma and Beta Rho Epsilon. Fraternities on campus are Chi Nu, Kappa Delta Kappa and Beta Theta Gamma.