I have a goal to work myself out of a job. In doing this I want to bring awareness of shelter companions along with spay and neuter. I would like to raise funds to assist with my rescue but, I also want to raise a portion of this to go toward a fund which can help low income people in the process of spaying and neutering their dogs and cats.
I have decided to do a walk of awareness. In this walk I plan to start in May down South by the Arizona boarder and work my way up with my trusted rescue shelter dog Ollie along with some of our other wonderful dogs we have in our rescue program.
I have hopes that through different check points I can encourage people with rescue dogs or who have the same passion to join me.
I also would like to somehow get support or raise funds per mile as well as each individual who joins me throughout the trek. My thought is….. (This is where my age comes in because I was one of the kids who would walk the march of dimes walk-a thons when I was much younger), I would like to have pledge forms that folks can get pledges per mile from their family and friends. These then, would go directly into an account which shall be used to assist the spay and neuters.
My goal is to end up in Idaho in the first of July.
Some of the items I know that would be very helpful are as followed:
· Garmin® Montana 650 GPS
· Ultralight Tent under 6 pounds
· Ultralight down sleeping bag
· Sleeping pad
· Mountainsmith Dog Pack
· Mountain house food
· High Protein Dog food
· Solar Phone charger
· KENETREK replacement boots
I know that there many other items that I still have not listed but this is a great start of the kind of items that will be needed.
Allocations of funds:
$4000.00 of it will be going toward concrete for the outside dog run areas of kennels.
$3000.00 will go toward spray insulation for both the cattery/dog kennels for winter.
$7000.00 would go into a fund that will be used for low income folks that use a voucher to spay or neuter their companion. (So in a sense when using a voucher, they would pay $10.00 -$20.00 . We would pay that so that it would assist them through this fund.) I am hoping, once this gets off the ground more people will want to donate to the cause, so it will keep going.
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The Great Western Trail is a unique corridor of braided and paralleling trails for both motorized and non-motorized users. The trail system traverses 4,455 miles through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. It incorporates stunning desert and canyon landscapes, plateaus, woodlands, dense forests and alpine meadows. It links 18 National Forests, Indian, State and BLM lands and encompasses the most diverse vegetation, topography and wildlife in the western United States.
Over 1,600 miles of Great Western Trail exist in Utah. The trail begins at the Idaho border west of Bear Lake near Beaver Mountain. It then passes along the Wasatch Front near Peter Sinks and Hardware Ranch, moving down through Brighton Ski Resort, around Mount Timpanogos, and east to Skyline Drive. Trails continues past Fish Lake moving south near Bryce Canyon National Park, Deer Springs Wash, through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and exits the state midway between Kanab and Page, Arizona.
The Great Western Trail encompasses many of the popular trails throughout the State. It is unusual in the sense that it provides "something somewhere for everyone." Some segments are non-motorized; some are shared use, while other portions were developed for motorized use. One of the connected trails, the Paiute ATV Trail, traverses three mountain ranges, rugged canyons and the deserts of central Utah. The Great Western Trail is in essence the backbone of the state's trail system.
In 1996, the Great Western Trail was designated Utah's Centennial Trail by Governor Michael Leavitt as part of Utah's Statehood Centennial celebration. In 2000, the GWT was designated one of 16 National Millennium Trails by the White House and the Department of Transportation. The Great Western Trail is currently under study by the U.S. Congress to become part of the National Trails System.
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