THOUSAND PALMS, CA – (January 4, 2005) “Walk with the Animals” is set for February 5, 2005. Proceeds will benefit Animal Samaritans education programs. Walk teams are now forming and registrations will be accepted beginning January 5th, 2005. Walk teams consist of five or more people and may be formed by businesses or individuals. Pre-registered walk teams will be recognized at the event and in the printed program. Individuals are also encouraged to register in advance. Minimum donations of $20 per person are suggested and pledges are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to the top pledge getters and each pre-registered participant will be eligible for a special drawing. Those interested may pre-register at www.walkwiththeanimals.com or by calling 760-343-3477, ext 302.

The Mexican Fiesta-themed event will be held at Thousand Palms Community Park in Thousand Palms from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will open at 9:00 a.m. and activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Blessing of the Animals. The easy, optional walk starts at 10:30 a.m.; food service and entertainment/activities will be on-going throughout the event, which lasts until 1 p.m. Vendors offering pet related products and services will be on hand. There will be raffle drawings throughout the morning. Congresswoman Mary Bono is the Honorary Chairperson and Jeff Stahl of KESQ-TV will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Thousand Palms Community Park is located at 31-819 Robert Road, off Ramon Road.

It is not necessary to bring a companion animal; anyone is welcome to attend to support humane education. All animals that attend must be leashed, healthy and friendly.

Founded in 1978, Animal Samaritans SPCA is a non-profit, full-service facility with a “no-kill” shelter, low cost spay/neuter/vaccination services, animal adoption and education programs. Additional services include animal assisted therapy and an animal disaster team. The humane education program reached over 22,000 children in the past year. Animal Samaritans SPCA teaches the skills and knowledge necessary to properly care for animals, which helps instill a life-long sense of compassion and respect for all living things.

More information is available by calling 760-343-3477, ext. 307