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School of Veterinary Medicine sponsors 26th annual Dog Jog

August 26, 2009

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, hundreds of animal lovers and their dogs will run (or walk) the two-mile Dog Jog benefit race, sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine. Whether participants finish doesn’t matter nearly as much as the amount of money they raise.

Last year, some 800 participants raised about $27,000, and organizers hope to raise even more this year. Proceeds benefit area humane organizations, including Angel’s Wish (Dane County), Country Animal Haven (Dane County), Dane County Humane Society, Iowa County Humane Society, Humane Society of Jefferson County, Rock County Humane Society, Sauk County Humane Society, Washington County Humane Society and Watertown Humane Society (Jefferson County).

Anyone who loves animals is encouraged to give, whether they can attend Dog Jog or not. The public is encouraged to sponsor a neighbor, friend, or family member, or even contribute in the name of their pet. Plus, online donations can be made via

Sponsored by the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Club, this colorful event draws pledgers from across Wisconsin. Participants can win prizes for collecting the most pledges, best costume and best finish times.

The 2-mile run/walk will once again begin in Lot 60, near the intersection of Walnut Street and University Bay Drive on the west end of the UW–Madison campus.

Registration forms will be available at area veterinary clinics (including the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital) in late August. Forms can also be downloaded online. For more information, call 263-1010.