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Dance, run, pray

Celebrate the fur kids this weekend

by JENNIFER LIEBRUM

Animal Shelter annual photo contest winner, Finnegan. Photo by Karen Stevens

  Movie buffs and foodies have had their weekends—this one coming up is all about the animals.
   Start out at the third annual Fur Ball benefiting the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley on Friday, Sept. 28, at Whiskey Jacques’ on Ketchum’s Main Street. Dance your paws off to the music of The Heaters and a DJ, starting at 8 p.m. until the dogs howl.
    Revelers will have the opportunity to win terrific raffle prizes and compete in the entertaining costume contest with prizes for the best human as a Mischievous Mutt, Designer Doggie, Cavorting Cat, and Frisky Feline costume. Tickets are just $20 and can be purchased in advance at the Animal Shelter, the Barkin’ Basement in Hailey and Sun Valley Brokers in Ketchum, or at the door on party night.
    Saturday morning, Sept. 29, shake the fur out of your eyes and stretch your legs in the Furry 6k Trail Run/Walk at 10 a.m. at Quigley Field in Hailey. Leashed dog partners are required, and companions can be borrowed from the shelter. Participants are encouraged to increase their impact by using their run to fundraise on behalf of the shelter’s homeless dogs and cats.  Register online at
www.AnimalShelterWRV.org.
    Finish out the weekend at the annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum.  All creatures, large and small, are welcome to come and be blessed. Animal Shelter staff and volunteers will bring adoptable shelter dogs and cats to St. Thomas to be blessed and to mingle with the public.
    For more information, call 726-5349.



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