Press Release

Animal Rescue Volunteers announces their mascot for this year’s 9th Annual Wag ‘n Walk

(Simi Valley) Animal Rescue Volunteers (ARV), a local non-profit rescue group, will be hosting their 9th annual Wag ‘n Walk event (charity dog walk), September 27, 2014 at Rancho Simi Community Park. This year’s mascot is Rocky, an 8-year-old Rottweiler mix. Each year ARV chooses one dog among their currently rescued dogs to help promote their annual fundraiser. Rocky was found roaming in the desert hungry, and thirsty. “He is a gentle giant.” says Lisa Baumer, ARV volunteer.  Rocky is available for adoption. Rocky’s role at Wag ‘n Walk will be to lead the walk as hundreds of participants and their canine join this fundraising event. 

Free online registration is open now by visiting the website Participants are encouraged to raise funds and can create a fundraising page or print out a pledge form to collect sponsorship funds. Walkers that raise at least $100 receive a goodie bag and an event t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the most pledges raised: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  "All monies raised directly benefit the animals. They need our support", says Staci O’Connell, President of Animal Rescue Volunteers.

Check-in and onsite registration starts at 7AM until 8AM. Opening ceremony will begin approximately at 8:00 AM and walk to follow. The route will be a 3-mile walk along the Arroyo Simi trail and return to the park. The event will have vendors, music, entertainment, pet adoptions, a photobooth, and also host a silent auction and raffles.

Animal Rescue Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1994 and based in Simi Valley. They are dedicated to saving animals from the shelter that would otherwise be euthanized. ARV has been instrumental in the adoption and referral of over 5,000 animals. ARV rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes abandoned and abused animals. The group does not maintain a paid staff or shelter. Rescued animals are cared for in foster homes until adoption. ARV relies on private donations and the annual Walk ‘n Walk fundraising event to help cover their growing expenses. Weekly pet adoptions are held every Saturday at PetSmart Simi Valley from 12noon to 4PM.

For more information, email or voice message (805) 579-8047

9th Annual Wag ‘n Walk
September 27, 2014
Rancho Simi Community Park, 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley, CA
7am-8am Check in; 8am Open ceremony, walk to follow, event ends at 12noon

Media Contact: Staci O’Connell            (805) 579-8047 message