It was such a success last year that the Burbank Police Foundation has organized the second annual Hoof and Woof walking event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 19 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk and guided trail horseback ride start at 9 a.m.
Funds raised go to the Burbank Police Department K-9 and equestrian units, said Michael Hastings, president of the Burbank Police Foundation.
Those serving on the equestrian unit are all volunteers, so funds raised help cover the costs of equipment, such as saddles and other gear.
“Any time the K-9 Unit needs anything over and above what the police department pays for, we like to be the ones who facilitate that and in time when it's time for a new dog we started a fund that will fund that,” Hastings said.
Some of the money goes to the foundation's general fund that pays for an annual luncheon to honor all the police department volunteers.
Volunteers organizing the Hoof and Woof are chair Andrea Cunningham assisted by Chris Rizzotti. Members from the K-9 and equestrian units will conduct demonstrations and safety talks. Pet organizations will share information on spaying and neutering animals, low-cost microchipping and canine CPR. Pet rescue groups will also participate.
There will be an hourlong guided trail ride on horseback and horses will be available to rent through the Griffith Park Horse Rentals, which has offered to donate $10 to the foundation for each rider who rents a horse for the guided ride. To reserve a horse, call (818) 840-8401. For more information on the event, visit the website www.hoofandwoofwalk.org or call (818) 237-9032.
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