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Bark for Life event raises money for cancer research

Inviting all pooches. Covington First United Methodist Church will be hosting the first Bark for Life event on the Square Saturday, March 29 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life participants (pictured from left to right) Brian Burgoyne sits with his dog, Sherlock, Betty Bellairs and Katie Sauls with her Daschund puppy, Emma. (Staff Photo: Jessicah Peters)

Inviting all pooches. Covington First United Methodist Church will be hosting the first Bark for Life event on the Square Saturday, March 29 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life participants (pictured from left to right) Brian Burgoyne sits with his dog, Sherlock, Betty Bellairs and Katie Sauls with her Daschund puppy, Emma. (Staff Photo: Jessicah Peters)

COVINGTON — Fundraising is in full force with less than two months until Relay for Life kicks off in Newton County.

The next event to raise money for the American Cancer Society is one for the pooches.

Bark for Life will give dogs and their owners a chance to roam the Square from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29.

Covington First United Methodist Church’s team leader Claudia Minge said because the church supports the annual Mutt Show hosted by the Humane Society and holds a Blessing of the Animals service each year, they were approached about organizing the first Bark for Life event in Newton County.

“Covington First UMC has so many who are dedicated to the fight and the victory over this deadly disease, cancer, and we’re very passionate about going outside our walls into the community to service God’s people,” Minge said. “We hope this event provides a great afternoon of fun and fellowship; an afternoon where we rally together to stand against cancer; an afternoon where we all take a lesson from our canine friends to love each other unconditionally.”

With an opportunity to socialize in a dog-friendly atmosphere, the event allows owners to register their pets in the Mutt Show, participate in the Blessing of the Animals and pamper the pooch with complimentary nail trimmings and treats.

Registration is $20 for one dog before March 28 and $25 on the day of the event. Each additional dog is $10. The fee includes a Relay for Life bandana, dog bowl, food scoop, flying disc, key chain and decal.

There will be door prizes, dog demonstrations, face painting for children, free food and music.

Registration forms can be downloaded by going to the website, www.relayforlife.org, and searching for Newton County.

The Relay For Life movement offers the opportunity for the community to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. The local Relay for Life will take place at the Church of Covington at 6 p.m. April 25. So far, Newton County has 530 participants who have helped raised more than $63,000 for cancer research.