As part of a Leadership 310 class, students are asked to identify an issue and demonstrate leadership by developing and implementing a community project. Three Fort Hays State University students have done just that in hosting the first annual Mutts and Monsters event for humans and dogs. The event consists of a 5k walk/run for humans and dogs followed by a costume contest for humans.
Dressing up animals will not be prohibited, but isn’t encouraged, solely that it can restrict movement and increase risk of injury.
The first day of class, a group of presenters provided projects for the students to choose.
“Ever since I was a kid I’ve always loved animals, and I’m really into animal and human rights, so Krista and I decided to create our own project, and we contacted Brendon McCampbell, president of the Western Plains Animal Refuge,” senior Gretchen Thyfault said.
All proceeds of Mutts and Monsters will benefit the Western Plains Animal Refuge, which is a local non-profit, no-kill, domestic animal shelter dedicated to the treatment, adoption and rehabilitation of every animal.
As soon as Western Plains Animals Refuge opens, they will be providing services such as basic veterinary services, grooming and doggie day care.
Jessica Braun, former owner of Animal Health Clinic, will be providing free veterinary services to Western Plains Animal Refuge, and Thea Haugen of Sternberg Museum will provide wildlife services.
Western Plains Animal Refuge has raised over $4,000 since September and is needing about $46,000 more.
“Right now we’re working on raising awareness and money. Mutts and Monsters is a fundraiser to hopefully get the Western Plains Animal Refuge back in business in January,” Thyfault said.
Participants can register before the day of the event, or there will be a booth to register before the 5k begins.
Registration is $20 for the 5k, $10 for the costume contest or $24 for both.
T-shirts will also be sold at the event. The cost is $10 per shirt. One t-shirt is covered with registration fee for the 5k. Donations will also be accepted.
The event will take place Sun., Oct. 30 with registration opening at 12:00 p.m., the 5k walk/run at 1:00 p.m., and the costume contest will take place immediately after the 5k is finished.