Today we celebrate National Pet Day. It is your bestie's day. Hope you get to spend some quality time with them and make their day extra special. But seriously, isn’t every day Pet Day? It is at most homes.

Here is a nice local way to acknowledge the day.

The Animal Orphanage, a no-kill animal shelter in Old Town, is hosting a Pet Run/Walk event.

The live-in-person event will take place on Sunday, April 24. Registration is taking place at the Old Town/Orono YMCA at 9 with the race starting at 10:30 that day.

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There will be prizes for best pet costume, best participant costume, and best family costume. We hope that you will bring your whole family, including your pets! All pets must be leashed.

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Here is how important this fundraiser is to the shelter. The Animal Orphanage Media Contact Lisa Liberatore says:

The past two years have been difficult for everyone but as a small non-profit, no kill shelter, the impact of the pandemic has been significant. Our beloved shelter relies heavily on voluntary donations and the generosity of the public. We haven't been able to hold this race since 2019 so we're looking forward to connecting with our community support system in a safe and fun way.

The fees to register for the Sunday, April 24 event are $20 for individual walkers or runners, and $30 per family with 2 to 5 registrants.

A salute to that day. And a salute to today, National Pet Day.

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