West Virginia Universitys Professional Recreation and Parks Society (PRPS) will present its first Healthy Hounds Dog Walk from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, starting at Marilla Park in Morgantown.

Our PRPS members were trying to think of a spring fundraiser for the Society and were trying to think of a creative use of the areas rail-trail,said Steve Selin, professor of recreation, parks and tourism resources in WVU s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources and one of the groups advisors.

The idea for Healthy Hounds was formed by several dog-loving members,he added.Its an opportunity to partner up with Morgantown BOPARC and other community organizations to learn some hands-on program leadership skills while benefiting the community, including our dogs.

Registration will begin at 1 p.m. at Marilla Park, and the walk course will be approximately 2.5 miles round trip from Marilla to Stanley’s Spot Dog Park. Cheat Lake Animal Hospital staff will operate an information booth and give a talk on animal wellness at 3 p.m. at Marilla Park.

Animal Medical Center will also participate, sharing information packets on animal care. If you dont have a dog of your own, Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia will have adoptable dogs on hand for you to walk.

The event will be co-sponsored by BOPARC , Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia, Animal Medical Center, Street Side Pets, Woofs, Petco and other local businesses.

Participants are asked to make a donation of $5. Proceeds from the event will be shared by the WVU PRPS and Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia.

The PRPS is housed in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources program in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources of the WVU Davis College and promotes professional development and community service for students in the discipline.

Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia is a non-profit organization that focuses on animals in need. The group is active in rescue efforts of abused and neglected animals and works closely with the Monongalia County Canine Adoption Center.