Stay Active And Support The Animals

Penguins at Blank Park Zoo are one of the many animals that will benefit from the organization’s fundraising event this weekend. Photo: Blank Park Zoo.

Two local organizations are holding events to raise money in support of caring for and protecting animals.

Blank Park Zoo is hosting its first-ever Walk to Save Animals at 10 a.m. Saturday (check-in is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.). The event features a walking loop around the zoo to raise money for the nonprofit organization’s mission, which is “to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation.” Registration, which is $15 for adults and $10 for children and members, includes a T-shirt, a light breakfast and complimentary admission into the zoo until 5 p.m.

You can also help domestic animals at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s Dog Jog, which extends throughout the weekend. The event is virtual this year, which means participants can walk, run or bike with their pets on their favorite trails throughout Greater Des Moines. On Sunday, you can tune in on Facebook live for a pet parade celebrating the top fundraising teams. Register as a group and set a fundraising goal, or register as an individual for $30.

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