At least once a year, the Florida Keys SPCA hosts a “Paws in the Park” dog walk on Key Colony Beach. Residents are encouraged to bring their leashed (and well-behaved) pups on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. to the gazebo. From there, participants take off on a one-mile stroll around the Key Colony Beach Golf course. The event goes until 1 p.m.

The entry fee is a donation to the shelter.

“Plus, any donation of $40 or more gets the participant an FKSPCA T-shirt,” said Tara McFarland, Marathon shelter director. “The proceeds from the event will help open a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Marathon.”

The Paws in the Park will also feature a “pupp-accino” and pastry bake sale.

On Thursday, March 19, there will be a two-hour Yappy Hour at Hyatt Place’s Faro Blanco Resort. A significant portion of all the bar’s proceeds will benefit the shelter. While this is a regular event, this one has a twist — it’s a call to retired firefighters from around the nation to meet other “smoke eaters.”

The idea originated with Kerry Smith, a retired captain of the Riverside County, California Fire Department. Smith now is on the staff of Sunshine Key RV Park and Resort on Big Pine Key. Several retired firefighters are camping at Sunshine.

“Of course, we welcome working firefighters as well,” said McFarland.

Again, proceeds benefit the Marathon campus of the FKSPCA.

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