Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Gentle Paws Walk-A-Paw 2013

Perhaps we saw Mum and Dad slipping the presents into the stocking meant for Santa. Perhaps a know it all classmate in pre-school blabbed it to us. 

At one point in our lives, we somehow stopped believing in Santa Claus. 

But strangely, Christmas remains ever present amongst us. 

I guess we stopped thinking of Christmas in the form of a large jolly man with a white beard, red suit, reindeer, sleigh and a bagful of presents in tow. 

But we continue to believe in the need for a season of giving in the course of the year. 

A time to slow down our footsteps, eliminate the negativity in our lives and rejoice in the wonderful feeling of giving. 

While we are keenly aware of the idea of Christmas, the shelter dogs are clearly quite clueless. 

So at this time each year, for two years now, we bring Christmas to them....

In more ways than one. 

We do this through our annual Walk-A-Paw - which is at its core just a simple dog walk to a scenic park on a December morning... involving YOU. 

It's a chance for you to get to know our dogs and for them to enjoy an outing away from the shelter under the careful guidance of our experienced helpers. 

It is a 1.6km route from the shelter to the scenic Lorong Halus Wetland Park. There will be water points along the way for our dogs to rest and hydrate. We will also have a patrolling van and first aider along the way in case of any emergencies.  

Last year's event

If you've never owned a dog before or have always thought of lending a hand at the shelter, your participation in the Walk-A-Paw will open your eyes to the work that we do. This yearly event has proven to be the springboard to regular volunteering for many of our seasoned hands. We look forward to unearthing more of such wonderful individuals.

But whoever said anything about commitment? The Walk-A-Paw can simply be meaningful one-off event to check off your list for the holiday season. It's entirely up to you. 

The Walk-A-Paw doubles up as our annual year end fundraiser to ensure we have the resources to provide a stable future for our dogs. 

Participation in the Walk-A-Paw is through purchase of our goody bags priced at S$60.00 each.

Each bag consists of an array of items including an exclusive event dri-fit T-shirt, a foldable umbrella, the Gentle Paws 2014 calendar, mineral water, a doggie dental rope toy, Japanese brand waste bags for dogs and a treat ball for dogs.

Our 2013 Walk-A-Paw T-shirt 
(with special credit to our designer, Adeline)

So what are you waiting for? 

Do something different this holiday season. As the Grinch gradually found out, Christmas doesn't have to come from a store. Christmas can be a little bit more!

Come get to know our shelter dogs and let them feel what this holiday season is really all about. And  then maybe you'll find out just how good that makes you feel in return. 

Here are the details of the Walk-A-Paw at a glance:-

  • Date: Saturday, 28 December 2013
  • Time: 930am to 2pm 
  • Venue: Pasir Ris Farmway 2 to Lorong Halus Wetland Park
  • Price: Participation is by way of purchase of our fabulous goody bag at S$60.00 each
  • Registration: You may register by dropping us an email at farmwaylove@gmail.com with the subject "Walk-A-Paw 2013" together with the names and contact numbers of all the participants. Please note that all participants must be 18 years and above. Your participation is confirmed when we respond to inform of the same.
  • Goody bag collection: 21-22 December 2013 at Pasir Ris Farmway 2 from 11am to 4pm
  • Payment: By cash upon collection or by ibanking before collection

More details will be provided via email upon confirmation.

We really look forward to hearing from you.

From one and all at Gentle Paws, have yourself a very merry Christmas time.

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