Grab your pup and head on out to the 17th Annual Furry 5K this Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 10 am. It’s not too late to register, sign up now at www.furry5k.com, or register day of starting at 8:15 a.m. at Seward Park. Every penny helps the animals!

The Seattle Animal Shelter takes in approximately 6,000 stray and owner-surrendered animals each year. Many of these animals are in need of a new start, lots of love and often significant vet and behavioral care. To provide care for these sick, injured and abused animals, the Seattle Animal Shelter created the Help the Animals Fund (HTAF) in 1977.

As the Seattle Animal Shelter’s veterinary needs expanded, volunteers started the Furry 5K in 1999 to fundraise and promote awareness for the Help the Animals Fund. All proceeds from the Furry 5K directly support the Help the Animals Fund. Veterinary care needs continue to expand and last year the Help the Animals Fund paid for over $140,000 worth of veterinary bills.

Donations can be made using the online donation form found at www.furry5k.com , and can also be made the day of the event.