Townsend stroll

‘Paws’ helps raise funds for dogs and cats in need

The Townsend Bicycle path was busy Sunday with four-legged foot traffic thanks to Four Chics and a Cat.

The staff of the new resale store on East Broadway Avenue in Maryville organized the Paws to the Rescue walk in Townsend to raise money for Blount County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal and the Animal Rescue and Fostering Network.

The day of the event organizers saw brisk traffic as a steady stream of pet owners dropped by to participate. The women who make up Four Chics and a Cat are Amy Wietlisbach, Pamela Schaible, Ann Maurino and Crystal Wallace. The cat is Gabby, a rescue cat the ladies took in to raise.

While a total amount raised at the event was not available at press time, organizers said they plan to use proceeds from the new store as well as activities such as “Paws to the Rescue” to support animal rescue groups.

During “Paws to the Rescue,” pet owners walked with all breeds of dogs from the starting point at Trillium Cove and down to the Bunkhouse Inn 3 miles away. Organizers said the event was an opportunity for participants to enjoy getting to know other pet owners while strolling the bicycle path in Townsend. There was a hayride from the Bunkhouse Inn to Trillium Cove. When participants used their PawsPort, they received PawPrint stickers at businesses along the route. Those who collected all the stickers dropped their names in a hat to win door prizes.

For more information about Four Chics and a Cat resale store, email fourchicsandacat@hotmail.com.

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