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Charity invites animal lovers to Centennial Olympic Park

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Dogs waiting for "forever" homes at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption Dogs waiting for "forever" homes at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption
Volunteer Lyndel Gliedman tends to cats at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption Volunteer Lyndel Gliedman tends to cats at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption
SMYRNA, GA (CBS46) -

Volunteers at Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption are getting ready for the organization's largest fundraiser of the year.

Paws in the Park 2013, the third annual charity dog walk benefiting the no-kill shelter, is scheduled to take place Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

"It's a lot of fun," said volunteer Lyndel Gliedman. "People can register to walk their dogs and get sponsors to help raise money for us. The event itself is free. We would love for everybody to come in to see us and just enjoy the day."

In the last two years, Paws in the Park has raised more than $150,000. The goal this year is to raise $180,000 to support operations in the organization's expanded new building in Smyrna and for its continued efforts to rescue homeless pets and place them in loving homes.

Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption (APRA) is a non-profit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs and cats so they can be adopted into safe and loving homes.

"Fundraising is obviously important to us because we receive no funding from federal, state or local," said the charity's executive director Bob Citrullo. "Everything is done by people just like you and me that donate money to us. Paws in the Park is our largest fundraiser to date. So it generates the kind of money to survive and keep our doors open."

To register, visit http://www.firstgiving.com/pawsintheparkatlanta/2013.

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