announces 3 co-sponsors of the 1st annual Winter Park Dog Walk

Hip Dog Hydrotherapy, VCA Animal Hospitals and Big Paw Pet Care to co-sponsor event presented by Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida

Online PR News – 19-April-2012 – Winter Park/Florida –, organizer of the first annual Winter Park Dog Walk, announced today that Hip Dog Hydrotherapy, VCA Animal Hospitals, and Big Paw Pet Care have joined as co-sponsors of the event. “We are delighted these leading pet-care providers are joining us to sponsor the Winter Park Dog Walk,” said Judy Charuhas, event coordinator and executive director of

Located in east Winter Park, Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness ( is the oldest canine hydrotherapy facility in Central Florida. Services include individual swim therapy for injured, disabled, and pre-operative and post-operative dogs, plus fitness and conditioning for canine athletes, overweight dogs, senior dogs and puppies.

VCA Animal Hospitals ( provides comprehensive veterinary healthcare, boarding and grooming. VCA has two locations serving residents in the Winter Park area.

Big Paw Pet Care ( provides dog training, pet sitting, and dog walking services. “Obesity is a growing problem for millions of dogs and we are happy to co-sponsor this event which will bring dogs and their owners out for a healthy fun stroll,” said Mike Meibuhr of Big Paws.


The first annual Winter Park Dog Walk is presented by Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Central Florida and will be held May 19, 2012, from 8 am to 12 noon at the Cady Way Trail, Phase 1, in Winter Park. The public is encouraged register in advance online at Registrations are also being accepted in advance at the Winter Park YMCA and will be accepted onsite during the event.

A registration donation of $20 benefits The Lost Pets Foundation and includes a doggie goodie bag filled with items provided by the event co-sponsors. A free microchip pet ID is also included for the first 100 registrants. “A microchip is one of the most secure steps you can take to ensure identification of your pet should it become lost. As a service to the community, is underwriting the complete cost of this service during the event,” said Shelley Heistand, co-founder of

For each $3 donation to The Lost Pets Foundation, dog owners will receive a 3-year rabies vaccination voucher from CheapShots mobile clinic. Vouchers are good for 6-months and redeemable at CheapShots locations throughout Central Florida. For dates and locations of the CheapShots mobile vaccination service, visit

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THE LOST PETS FOUNDATION was formed by to help pets in need, to support local pet rescue efforts, and to expand public awareness of important services such as microchips, pet ID, low-cost vaccinations, and spay and neuter. The Winter Park Dog Walk ( is the Foundation’s first fundraising event.

VETERINARY EMERGENCY CLINIC OF CENTRAL FLORIDA operates facilities in Casselberry, South Orlando, and Leesburg. Owned and supported by 140 local veterinarians the clinics are open evenings, weekends and holidays.

WINTERPARKLOSTPETS.COM is a free public service for posting pets that have been lost or found in Winter Park, Florida. The website has helped reunite more than 340 pets since its inception.