Bark for Life Returning to Riverstone


SUGAR LAND (Spellman News Fort Bend) — Dogs and their humans will be combatting cancer while having fun with the return of Bark for Life, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Riverstone.

Presented by Lake Olympia Animal Hospital and Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists, the annual non-competitive walk for dogs and their owners will take place at The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Boulevard. The walk benefits the American Cancer Society.

“Bark for Life recognizes that dogs can be essential to defeating cancer for some patients, as well as also falling victim to the deadly disease themselves,” said Nick Deacon, event leader for the Riverstone Bark for Life. “According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed this year. Cancer also is the leading cause of death among domestic dogs with more than six million canines diagnosed each year.”

Along with the walk, the free and public event features Houston Disc Dogs performances, a DJ, face painting, contests, inflatables, balloon twisters and food trucks — as well as vendors offering a variety of pooch-worthy items. The first 200 dogs will receive pup-friendly swag bags.

Back for another year is the Adopt A Dog for a Day program sponsored by Fort Bend Animal Services.

“People love the opportunity to take a shelter dog for a spin,” Deacon said. “Our goal is for them to fall in love with the dog throughout the course of the event and hopefully give it a ‘fur-ever’ home.”

Golden Paw sponsor Nature Dog Photography will be snapping “Doggie & Me” photos. Other sponsors include Best Entertainers, Natural Pawz and All Around Bounce.

For more information about Bark for Life or to register, visit


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