UK PAWS (Promoting Animal Welfare and Services), a University of Kentucky student-run volunteer organization, will host two events this weekend.
The second annual UK Dog Day will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Petsmart at Hamburg Pavilion.
The event will provide info about animal welfare issues, raise money for local animal rescue and UK PAWS, and promote the Bully Breed Awareness Walk, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
This free walk will begin at Thoroughbred Park downtown. There will be an on-site registration booth. Walkers also can register online at UKCCO.org. The link is under the "About Us" tab. The registration link is the last item on the left-hand column, titled "Resources."
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This event will help raise awareness about breed-specific stereotypes and legislation, encourage active citizenship through advocacy and volunteerism, provide an educational platform about animal-welfare issues, and promote responsible pet ownership.
All breeds are welcome to walk with their owners. Dogs should be up to date on their vaccinations and on non-retractable leashes. For the second straight year, the YMCA of Central Kentucky has sent a team of staff and volunteers to rural Vietnam to build and repair elementary school classrooms. The visit is part of a larger project organized by YMCA International Services and the YMCA of Greater Houston.
The construction of the schools is combined with a two-week service-learning opportunity for participants to assist with the construction of the classrooms and to learn about Vietnam's people and places.