Pet Overpopulation Prevention's Pooch and Pal 5K run and walk was held Saturday at Columbia Point Marina in Richland.

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There was puppy painting and several vendor booths, including Nothing Bundt Cakes and Starbucks.

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The Nail Place was also there and donated proceeds to POPP.

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Along with DJ Rik Mikals providing music, there was a costume contest, as well. One woman dressed as a flight attendant while her pooch sported a "Sully" costume, as Captain Chesley Sullenberger.

All funds raised at the event help to prepare homeless pets for adoption. Pet Overpopulation Prevention is a Tri-Cities non-profit organization, providing subsidized spay and neuter services.

The purpose of POPP shall be to promote responsible pet ownership by educating the public regarding spaying and neutering their pets, spay/neuter assistance, and providing various methods of caring for and finding homes for feral, abandoned and/or homeless pets.

POPP is always looking for volunteers. In fact, fostering is a great way to get involved.

Responsibilities as a foster:
• Provide basic needs and appropriate care for animals
• Assist with the mental and physical growth of an animal
• Teach an animal basic commands and how to be a loving and well-behaved pet
• Follow the guidelines of the YHS Foster Program

Requirements to foster:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Own your home or have your landlords approval to foster
• Submit a Foster Application: Canine Foster Application, Feline Foster Application
• Schedule and attend a Foster Training

You can read more about the Pooch And Pal event from our KEPR news partners here.

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