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Barking for a Cure

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with your pup
By JoAnna Lou, October 2010, Updated June 2021

This October, there are lots of ways to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with your pup. From fundraising walks to grooming, check out these dog friendly ways to support a good cause.

Walks and Festivals:

Gloria Gemma Dog Walk - Oct. 9, Providence, R.I.
The annual 5K run/walk has always welcomed canine participants, but this year they’ve added a dedicated Dog Walk. There will be pet friendly activities and prizes for the most “Pinked Up Pup.” Event proceeds will go to the Rhode Island Department of Health Women’s Cancer Screening Program. 

Canines for a Cure Dog Walk - Oct. 10, Lake Geneva, Wis.
The Grand Geneva Resort and Conference Center is hosting a dog walk that includes raffles and a picnic lunch. All proceeds go to Journey for L.I.F.E., which benefits cancer patients and affected families in Walworth County, Wis. 

3 Dog Walk
- Oct. 17, Del Mar, Calif.
DogtownSanDiego and Three Dog Bakery are teaming up for a fundraising walk that includes vendor booths, a dog fashion show, raffles, a dog costume contest and a book signing with Maggie Espinosa, author of The Privileged Pooch. All registration fees and donations go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


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Dogtoberfest - Nov. 6, Monroe Township, N.J.
Actually in November, this dog friendly festival features a corn maze, hayrides, corn train rides, vendors and pets for adoption. All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Grooming Fundraisers:

Paws for Pink - All October at Dogtopia (various locations)
Dogtpia is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month in all of its 22 locations throughout the United States. The daycare and grooming chain is donating 10 percent of all spa baths and nail trims in October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research - Oct. 15, Baden Hound, Toronto, Ontario
On Oct. 15, doggy spa, Baden Hound, will provide bathing and blow drying services for $20 and nail trims for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Even better, Baden Hound only uses all natural, biodegradable products. 

Online Shopping:

If you can’t make it out to one of the fundraising events, donating to breast cancer research is as easy as logging onto your computer. Whether you need a new food bowl, biscuits or a chew toy, you can find doggy products that support the cause. You can even get a Barking for a Cure bandana and matching leash so your pups can show their support.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.