America’s VetDogs Hosts 8th Annual Kent Island Run & Dog Walk
Meet Camden, WBAL-TV’s Puppy with a Purpose & Future Service Dog
America’s VetDogs®, is thrilled to host the family and canine friendly 8th Annual Annapolis/Kent Island Run & Dog Walk at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Maryland, on Sunday, April 22, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Jason Newton, WBAL-TV news reporter, anchor and VetDogs’ fan will host the ceremonies. The event guests of honor include VetDogs graduate Becca Ubert, U.S. Army combat medic and tactical medicine instructor, who will speak about the life-changing difference her service dog has made. Camden, WBAL-TV’s puppy with a purpose, will be available for photo opportunities and will demonstrate various puppy skills for those in attendance.
Ubert enlisted in the Army in 2002 as a combat medic and tactical medicine instructor and served until 2015, when she was medically retired. In 2016, she received her yellow Labrador Retriever service dog Tucker from America’s VetDogs. Tucker is specially trained to provide counter balance, retrieve dropped items, open doors and file cabinets as well as keep her active. “I firmly believe Tucker saved my life and healed my family,” Ubert declares.
The race will journey through the beautiful Cross Island Trail on Kent Island, Stevensville, Maryland. Participants can take part in a timed 10K or 5K race, and a leisurely 2-mile family-friendly walk with or without a pup. Virtual participation is available. Proceeds will benefit the VetDogs service dog programs. To learn more, to register, or to donate online visit race4vets.VetDogs.org.
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m.
Post-race ceremony, graduate guest speaker and awards at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Kent Island High School, 900 Love Point Rd, Stevensville, MD 21666
About America’s VetDogs
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.
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America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.