boardwalkin for pets

Deanna Wozunk of Salisbury and Sophie, 8, a morkie, make their case for best dressed canine during the Worcester County Humane Society’s Boardwalkin’ for Pets fundraiser last year.

(April 19, 2019) Residents and visitors alike can bring their furry, four-legged friends to the Worcester County Humane Society’s 20th annual Boardwalkin’ for Pets, this Saturday.

So what can people expect from the event?

“Hopefully sunny skies, and just a really fun atmosphere,” said Heather Bahrami, Worcester County Humane Society board member, volunteer and event co-chair.

The walk is expected to take place from 9 a.m. to noon, starting at the inlet on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost to participate is a minimum donation of $25, and for teams, a minimum of $25 per member.

Individual participants and teams who raise the most money will take home baskets filled with hotel stays and restaurant gift cards. Top youth fund raiser will take home a gift basket as well. 

Several hundred people participated in 2018, Bahrami said, and many walkers join in the festivities year after year. 

“I just encourage anyone, especially if they have shelter animals [and] especially if they have one of ours, bring it out, get out there and [participate],” Bahrami said.

Participants and their pups can walk as little or as much as they want to. Snacks will be provide for participants by Pepperidge Farm. 

“If they have an old dog, they can walk one block,” she said. “Just come out and visit.”

While there is a fee to participate, anyone can come observe the festivities for free.

While dogs will be the stars of Saturday’s event, Bahrami said all animals are welcome. 

“Anything that’s legal, they can bring,” she said. “There’s no reason to discriminate.” 

Pups can also participate in contests for largest dog, smallest dog, best dressed and best trick. Treats will be awarded to winners. 

In addition, make sure to enter photos into the annual Cutest Cat contest. Photos of all the cutest felines will be posted for the public to vote on and a prize basket will be awarded to the winner. Pictures will not be returned and become property of the Worcester County Humane Society.


Don’t have a dog? No problem. There are several shelter dogs available to adopt for Saturday’s event by calling the humane society at 410-213-0146.

Proceeds will benefit the Worcester County Humane Society on 12330 Eagles Nest Road in Berlin. The organization relies mainly on donations and provides care to animals until they are adopted into suitable homes. More then $25,000 was raised from last year’s event. 

“I think being a no-kill shelter, we struggle to do so many things, but events like this are what get us going, get us out there, and I don’t think there’s much better to bond family and bring a group of people together beyond animals,” she said.

For more information, call the humane society at 410-213-0146 or visit

In addition, a Pre-Boardwalkin’ for Pets dinner and silent auction is planned for today, Friday, at Seacrets on 49th Street in Ocean City, from 4-8 p.m. Guests must be 21 or older. 

Tickets can be purchased for $35 in advance by calling 443-235-5647, or in person at the Worcester County Humane Society Thrift Store on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City. Tickets will be available at the door for $40.

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