Paws in the Park set for October in Park Circle

Paws in the Park and Walk for the Animals benefitting the Charleston Animal Society is an all-day event featuring games, food, live music and activities for pets and their families. This year's event will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15 in Park Circle.

Local animal experts and veterinarians will be on hand to answer questions. There also will be educational exhibits, vendors and treats for animals and humans.

Those interested in the Walk for the Animals can form teams to raise money by visiting www.charlestonanimalsociety.org. Proceeds will help feed and provide medical care for animals at the shelter.

Kayak trip to benefit Keeper of the Wild

Nature Adventures Outfitters is sponsoring a naturalist-guided kayak or canoe tour through the Mount Pleasant area Sept. 25 to benefit Keeper of the Wild, a nonprofit organization that cares for sick, injured or displaced wildlife.

The two-hour tour will take participants through a saltwater marsh creek and out to Crab Bank, a 22-acre island preserve home to thousands of nesting shorebirds. Also along the paddle, participants will see Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter, the Sullivan's Island lighthouse and Patriots Point.

The event is open to kayakers and canoers of all ages and skill levels. The cost is $40 for ages 13 and up and $25 for 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Keeper of the Wild.

There are multiple departure times available, and pre-registration is required. Call 568-3222 or email nao@att.net to register. Visit www.kayakcharlestonsc.com.

Pilots N Paws to take off from Florence

On Sept. 17, Pilots N Paws will relocate at least 200 animals from South Carolina to their new forever homes in Washington, D.C.; Florida; New Jersey; and Georgia. The effort is being sponsored by Petmate. Pilots N Paws brings together planes, pilots and shelters to rescue and transport dogs and other animals from overcrowded shelters.

"Safe transportation is a life-and-death matter for all pets," says Petmate CEO Joe Messner, "and even more so for these rescued animals, whose lives truly depend on this transportation. We feel a responsibility to help animals in need and want to make this most important journey safe and comfortable."

This year's awareness event will bring together 45 pilots and their planes in an effort to save at least 200 dogs from seven counties throughout South Carolina. Petmate will donate all of the kennels, collars, leashes and seat belts that the pilots need to ensure safe transport of the animals.

The rescue flights will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Florence Regional Airport. In the event of inclement weather, the flights will be postponed until Sept. 18.

For information about the Pilots N Paws Memorial Rescue Flights, visit www.pilotsnpaws.org.