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By Kathy Antoniotti / Beacon Journal staff writer Published: May 13, 2013

Wishing Well Program — Acme Fresh Market collected just under $16,000 in its 2012 program that was donated to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, Stark County Humane Society, Portage County Animal Protective League and the Parma Animal Shelter. The amount, collected when customers drop spare change into a wishing well, is a 37 percent increase over 2011.

We Speak Doggy — Posche Paws Pet Resort and Spa will present a free dog safety program at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at 3712 Commerce Drive in Copley Township. The one-hour, interactive program, presented by Patty Vesalo of CleverPup 101 Family Dog Training of Bath Township, will kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Children will meet therapy dogs, decorate doggie cookies for their pets and view a video. For additional information, call 330-620-6180 or 330-670-8200.

2013 Bark Bone-anza Charity Dog Walk — Aurora’s Park and Recreation Department and Freedom Greyhound Rescue of Aurora will hold a charity dog walk sponsored by Purina Pro Plan’s Rally to Rescue at 10 a.m. May 19 at Tails and Trails Dog Park, 841 Page Road in Aurora. Registration is $10 per person and includes breakfast and a pup pack. Prizes are awarded for the top three pledges that will be distributed among participating rescue groups. A Charity Dog Challenge will follow where prizes will be awarded in a Biscuit Bite Off, Country Western Costume Contest, Doggie Limbo contest and fashion show. For more information, visit www.freedomgreyhoundrescue.org or call 330-562-0555.

Senior Safari — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, will hold a day with special activities and free admission for folks 55 and older May 31. Senior health, wellness and lifestyle information will be available in the exhibitor pavilion from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where they can try out a free fitness demonstration and enjoy live music by the Progressive Field Dixieland Band and performances by the RSVP Players. For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call 216-661-6500.

Kathy Antoniotti writes about pets for the Akron Beacon Journal. She is unable to help locate, place or provide medical attention for an individual animal. If you have an idea or question about pets, write her at the Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640; call 330-996-3565; or send an email to kantoniotti@thebeaconjournal.com.

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