Tails and Trails hitting Vermillion

Get your feet and paws ready, it's that time of year again. The Heartland Humane Society's annual Tails & Trails event is back. Pet owners and their four-legged friends can enjoy a morning walk while participating in the day's events.

The Heartland Humane Society is hosting its third annual Tails & Trails event on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Cotton Park in Vermillion. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

Don't have a pet? Don't worry. The day will begin with a "meet and greet" with the adoptable dogs from the Heartland Humane Society. These dogs will be available to walk at the event for those who do not have a pet of their own. These animals are also up for adoption the day of the event.

Other activities at the event will include dog contests and some available insight into obedience training. There will also be refreshments provided for the walkers as well as dog treats and a cute bandana for the furry friends. The dog treat bags are graciously decorated by Mrs. Muhowald's fifth grade class. HHS t-shirts and information about the organization will also be available at the event.

Donations are welcome at the event and will be honored toward the HHS Spay and Neuter Program. As a non-profit organization, the HHS appreciates support from surrounding communities. The HHS generates its income from donations, fundraising efforts, t-shirt sales, adoption and membership fees. All fees through the HHS go towards spaying and neutering, medical care, food and shelter for the animals that need care.

The Heartland Humane Society was established in 2000 by a group of dedicated volunteers looking to benefit the lives of homeless and abused animals. This non-profit organization began as the Yankton Area Humane Society and as grown into the Heartland Humane Society as to include Clay and Yankton counties in South Dakota, Cedar County in Nebraska, and surrounding communities.  It is governed by a dedicated board of directors and relies on its volunteers for its continuing success.

Current fundraising efforts are being directed toward a 2006 plan for a shelter building. Currently, the HHS is able to rescue animals due to its foster care program in which families take in pets. By building a permanent shelter, the HHS hopes to ensure that every pet in need has a home.

Through the continued support from members, donors, volunteers, and consistent supporters, the HHS strives to reach its goals to improve the lives of animals in need and to eventually build a shelter. For those of you who wish to show your support, consider attending the Tails and Trails event.

For more information on HHS and what you can do to help, please visit: http://www.heartlandhumanesociety.net or call (605) 664-4244.

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