Since 2009, Atlanta Lab Rescue (ALR) has been rescuing Labrador Retrievers and Lab Mixes from overwhelmed shelters and abusive situations and placing them in secure, loving homes. Atlanta Lab Rescue averages 35-40 dogs in the program at any given time, and in their first ten years, they have rescued over 3,400 dogs.

To help underwrite their rescue efforts, ALR is holding its 4th Annual Atlanta LabRescue 5K on Sunday, November 18 at Jim Miller Park which is located at 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta. It is the largest fundraiser for Atlanta Lab Rescue. The Atlanta Lab Rescue 5K is open to the community, including: children, strollers and dogs! Yes, runners are encouraged to race with their dogs. Participating dogs should have current shots and rabies vaccination, wear an ID Tag, accustomed to regular exercise, be well-adjusted to crowds and noisy environments with large numbers of people and other dogs. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the race and dogs must be on a leash at all times per Cobb County laws.

The link to sign up is runsignup.com/Race/GA/ Marietta/AtlantaLabRescue. The race entry will be $35 and race day registration will be $40 for the 5K. Runsignup.com registration will close on November 14th at midnight.

If you are not interested in running but would like to volunteer, email Heather Coyle at [email protected]. Additional information about the race is available at www.atlantalabrescue.com/events. Can’t participate or volunteer, but still want to help? Consider donating to Atlanta Lab Rescue at www.atlantalabrescue.com.

This article originally appeared in the November issue of EAST COBBER, on page 13. Click here to view the digital edition.