Season 5 of Wag & Walk dog-adoption hikes, featuring canines from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Mesa shelter, is coming to Usery Mountain Regional Park in Mesa.
Adoptable dogs will hit the Merkle Trail on Saturday, Nov. 3, in hopes of finding their forever homes. There will be tails wagging, sky-high energy and a special, people-pleasing bonus.
New this season: The shelter’s mobile adoption bus will be on site so you can purchase or renew your dog’s license. Tagging your wag is the best step you can take to be reunited with your pet if he or she gets lost. Regular license fees ($21 for altered dogs and $55 for unaltered dogs) plus proof of rabies vaccination are required.
Wag & Walk hikes give you a chance to see how your potential new best friend walks on a leash and interacts with other dogs. Take a “test drive” on the easy, 1-mile loop hike followed by a meet-and-greet session back at the trailhead.
Shelter volunteers will be on hand to share information on each dog’s character, exercise needs, quirks and talents. If you happen to fall in love with one (or more) of the dogs, you can adopt and take your new buddy home on the spot. All dogs are spayed or neutered, up to date on their shots and licensed.
Even if you’re not ready to add a pet to your family, you can help support Valley homeless dogs by taking part in the hike and canine silliness. You can even bring your own: Leashed dogs with current vaccinations are welcome to participate.
Wag & Walk dog-adoption hike
When: Meet at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Hike starts at 9 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Merkel trailhead, Area 6, in Usery Mountain Regional Park, N. Usery Pass Road, Mesa.
Admission: $7 per vehicle.
Details: 480-984-0032, maricopacountyparks.org/usery.
Read more of Mare Czinar’s hikes at arizonahiking.blogspot.com.