By LARRY VAUGHT
Centre College senior Emma Presberg of Atlanta has volunteered/worked at the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society for the last four years.
She has dogs at home and thought a fitting service project at Centre College would be to spend time helping at the Humane Society.
Now she’s organized a Doggie Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Millennium Park in Danville to benefit the enrichment program at the Humane Society.
“I did research last summer at the Humane Society on dog personality,” the Centre senior said. “I wanted to see how the personality was inside the cages versus outside the cages. Inside the cages, you cannot see the personality. I wanted to find a way to let dogs show the same personality inside the cages. This 5K is a way to raise money for the enrichment program and all proceeds will go directly to that.”
Presberg said the enrichment program will include training sessions, toys, scents, and other experiences that will increase the physical and mental health of the dogs at the shelter.
For Presberg’s final project for her environmental studies senior seminar, ishe compared animal enrichment programs in zoos, research institutions, animal shelters and adoptive homes.
Runners/walkers are encouraged to bring their dog to enjoy the event as long as they are updated on shots and are dog, people and kid friendly. The Humane Society will also be there with adoptable dogs.
Putting on a 5K is not an easy task and while Presberg has had limited help from CentrePaws, she’s basically doing this by herself to benefit dogs at the shelter.
Event sponsors include Petsense, Everyday Fitness, Family Farm Kennel, and Danville Bike and Footwear.
Registration forms are available at the Humane Society, Petsense, and Danville Bike and Footwear.
There is also online registration available on the Doggie Dash 5K Run/Walk Facebook page or Danville-Boyle County Humane Society website.
Presberg, an environmental studies and behavioral neuroscience double major with a minor in biology, was a manager for the Centre women’s soccer team for four years after playing soccer in high school. She was hoping for about a 50/50 mix of Centre students/faculty along with local runners/walkers at Saturday’s event. As of now, it looks like there will be more “people from the town and community” than Centre College.
Presberg, who has has applied for internships at the Atlanta Zoo and Georgia Aquarium, hopes more runners/walkers will register this week or on Saturday before the 5K.