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The furriest of East Idaho’s 5K’s is set for October 1. At 11 a.m., the starting gun will sound for Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter’s 19th annual “Run with the Big Dogs.” The event will formally herald the start of national Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and help support multiple adoption programs at the shelter. “We’d like to thank Friends for their continued support,” said Richard Stewart, Animal Services Director. “Because of the Friends and events like ‘Run with the Big Dogs,’ elderly pets find homes through the ‘Katie’s Old Friends’ program, more cats find homes through lower priced adoptions, and canine friends receive obedience training before moving on to their forever homes through the ‘Cell Dog’ program.” Participants can sign-up for one of the event’s three divisions - a 2K walk, 5K walk, and 5K run. Right now, discounted signups are being offered with adult registration (13 or older) costing $25 per participant while children’s registration (12 and under) is $15 per participant. The discounted registration period wraps up September 20. After September 20, adults’ registration will cost $35 and children’s registration will be $25. Included in the registration is a t-shirt, bandana for the dog, and a doggy bag (while supplies last) and refreshments will be served. Participants will also be eligible for draw prizes after the race. In addition the support from Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter, the event is sponsored by Phil Meador Toyota, Pocatello Pet Lodge, The Reel Theatre, and Community Animal Hospital. The Pocatello Animal Shelter will be closed Saturday, October 1 to allow staff and volunteers the chance to participate and help put on the 19th annual Run with the Big Dogs. For more information on this event or to view adoptable pets, visit pocatello.us/animal.