BRIDGEWATER — Anicira Veterinary Center’s fourth annual Walk for the Animals is returning Sunday to benefit the nonprofit’s programs to provide homes and veterinary care for pets in the Shenandoah Valley.

The event will take place at Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater, starting with the canine-friendly walk at 1 p.m.

“[The] walk goes through the vineyard,” said Dan Chavez, Anicira’s operations coordinator. “It’s about a 1-mile course.”

Afterward, participants can enjoy a number of activities and games with their four-legged friends until 4 p.m.

“This year we’re going to have an inflatable wrecking ball and new dog field day games,” Chavez said.

Some of those field games for dogs and their owners include bobbing for treats, a pie-eating contest and musical chairs.

The event also includes music by SoundMasters DJ Chris, outdoor games such as cornhole and ring toss, wine provided by Bluestone, food trucks and Smiley’s Ice Cream.

Chavez said there will be dogs available for adoption at the event as well.

Other activities include a Doggy Scavenger Hunt and Doggy Knowledge Base that provide educational information from a groomer, trainer and veterinary technician.

Anicira hopes Walk for the Animals raises $25,000 for the veterinary center. Last year, the event brought in more than $15,000.

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year,” Chavez said.

In 2018, Anicira rescued 788 animals and performed 17,266 spay and neuter procedures, according to its website, and gave free pet food to more than 750 animals each month. The animal welfare organization’s mission is to rescue and adopt homeless pets, offer veterinary care and stop unnecessary euthanasia.

Proceeds from the event go directly toward Anicira’s programs.

Admission to the event is $35 for adults and $15 for youth ages 7 to 18. Children 6 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased online at Registration can be completed online or day of the event starting at noon.

Contact Shelby Mertens at

574-6274 or Follow Shelby on Twitter @DNR_smertens

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