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Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event brings awareness to local rescue organizations and shelters 37 participating rescue groups and organizations

Homeward Bound Pug Rescue will have pets available to adoption at the Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event on Saturday, May 25, at Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.  Photo by Darla Shelden.
Homeward Bound Pug Rescue will have pets available to adoption at the Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event on Saturday, May 25, at Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden
Contributing Writer

Oklahoma City’s first annual Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event will be held on Saturday, May 25, at Lake Hefner Stars and Stripes Park. Registration for the 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. with the race starting at 9:30 a.m. The daylong fundraiser will conclude at 4 p.m.

Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues is an annual event to raise funds for and bring awareness to local animal shelters and pure breed rescues while promoting health and wellness for people and their pets.

Trisha Clark, Event Chair and owner of A-1 Emporium said, “Our goal is to bring awareness to the wonderful pets that rescue organizations have available for adoption and to continue to help these groups save lives.”

The inaugural Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event will host a sanctioned 5K Run for 2 and 4-legged racers. The event also includes a 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk, a Dog Wash, a Celebrity Dunk Tank, a Kid’s Bike Contest & Parade for children ages 5 – 12, and a chance to win $500 in the Rub-A-Dub Duck Drop.

“The Kid’s Bike Parade is completely free for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade,” said Clark. “There will be ribbons for the best decorated bikes and everyone who enters will get free ice cream from Roxy’s Ice Cream Social. The first 60 who register will also get a free cherry limeade from Sonic.”

All proceeds from the Celebrity Dunk Tank will go directly to the Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma. Featured celebrities include meteorologists Danielle Dozier with KOCO, Jeff George from KOKH Fox 25, and Troy Christensen with KFOR.

Participating rescues spay/neuter, vaccinate and take care of any medical problems of each surrendered pet, which can be an expensive undertaking.

All funds raised will be evenly distributed among the rescues present at the event.

Homeward Bound Pug Rescue will be there with available pets for adoption along with 37 other rescue groups.

Gail Tucker, Executive Director of Homeward Bound Pug Rescue said “There is a misconception that rescues only have old, sick and disabled animals and this is the furthest thing from the truth.

“People think that the only way they can get a pure breed dog is to buy from a pet breeder,” said Tucker. “There are many pure breed dogs turned into local shelters every day. These dogs then go to rescues (when space is available) in the hope that they can find forever homes.”

Sponsors include: A1 Pet Emporium, Farmer Insurance, KSBI Dog Talk with Pat Becker, Gentle Care Animals Hospital, Full Circle Obedience School, Hudiburg Suburu, COOP Ale Works of OKC, Barefoot Designs, Merrick Whole Health, Metro Family, Elite Trophies, Oklahoma Gazette, Paint Your Art Out and Oklahoma Senior Journal.

Additional sponsors are Conventions & More, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, Fit Body Boot Camp, Oklahoma Sports & Fitness, The City Sentinel, Hertz, The Gayly, Veterinary Home Health Care, and Camp Bow Wow in Tulsa, Best Feet Forward, Poop 911, Orthopedic Associates, Taste of the Wild, and Eskridge Lexus.

“We will be selling Rubber Duckies that look like dogs for $5 each or 5 for $20,” said Clark. “Each duck has a number. At 2 p.m. the OKC Fire Department will climb out on their ladder and drop the ducks.
“The ducks that land in the ‘duck pond’ will win the $500 prize. It’s that simple. You do not have to be present to win – but it would sure be fun if you were.”

Local food vendors at the event include Taste of Soul Egg Rolls, Wild Al’s Food Truck, Papa Dio’s Restaurant, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social and Big Truck Tacos. The Earlywine Band will provide live entertainment.

“Please consider joining us as a sponsor or vendor,” said Clark. “In addition to helping our local rescues, your business will be recognized as a charitable, community minded partner.”

The public is encouraged to come out, bring their dog, and take advantage of all the family friendly activities scheduled to help support local rescue organizations.

For registration fees, a list of participating rescues, event timeline and more information visit

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