Maryland Paws for Prevention

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Event Details
Starts 05/01/2022 @ 12:00 AM
Ends 06/01/2022 @ 12:00 AM
Check-in Time N/A
Registration Cutoff 05/31/2022 @ 11:45 PM
Donation Cutoff 07/01/2022 @ 12:00 AM
Contact Kat Olbrich
Phone 202-770-8973
Email Address kolbrich@afsp.org

Welcome to the 3rd Annual

Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk

Join us for the Annual Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk! Instead of gathering as a big group we encourage you to walk your four legged friends anywhere and anytime to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Participate as an individual or team. Choose any walk route between May 1st to 31st. Everyone who raises $20 by May 31st will receive an AFSP pooch bandana and everyone who raises $100 or more will receive a Paws for Prevention walk shirt in the mail.

Throughout the month of May we will encourage you to be proactive about your physical and mental health, fundraise, and be the voice for suicide prevention wherever you walk, with or without your furry friend. We have some great challenges and prizes in store, so stay tuned for more soon!

 

NEW! Activity Tracker

We at AFSP Maryland set a goal of tracking 47,511 minutes of activities by May 31 to honor every American lost to suicide in 2019. Can you help us achieve this goal? Get started now!

Learn more about the ACTIVITY TRACKER

 

PAWS FOR PREVENTION SHIRT

Everyone who raises $100 or more by May 31 at midnight will receive a Paws for Prevention walk shirt in the mail. Shirts will be mailed to each participant that qualifies by the end of June 2021.

WHY FUNDRAISING?

Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's fundraising, and despite COVID-19, the AFSP Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 3,000 Marylanders on suicide prevention. Your donations also contributed to over $5.3 million in scientific research grants awarded by AFSP to support studies that will increase our understanding of suicide or test treatments and other interventions that save lives. As a Chapter we continue to offer Healing Conversations, a peer to peer program for loss survivors.

There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

  • Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you're a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page!
  • Donate to yourself, even just a modest sum of $10, to show others you are committed to the cause. It's easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
  • Share your page and story with others. It's OK to ask for donations! And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too!

 

PHOTO CONTEST 

Step 1: Register for this event and upload a photo of your pet below for a chance to win paw-tastic prizes! 

  • Any pet can be submitted. It does not have to be a dog.
     
  • Only one picture entry per participants. You can be in the picture, but we should see your pet clearly.
     
  • Make sure when submitting your picture that your name is displayed on top of or in the post.
     
  • Need help submitting a picture, email kolbrich@afsp.org.

 

Step 2: Share your fundraising page with family and friends and ask for their support by registering, walking with you, and making a donation.

Every $1 donated to your fundraising page equals 1 vote for your pet!
The pet with the most votes (most $ raised) by May 31 at midnight will become the Maryland Chapter Mascot for one year (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022)
  • Your pet will be featured on the 2022 Maryland Paws for Prevention Marketing Material
     
  • Your pet will have an exclusive 20 min photo shoot with Emily Huss from EGG Photography
    *the pictures are yours to keep and will be used for Paws for Prevention marketing material by the AFSP Maryland Chapter

 

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RESOURCES FOR THOSE WHO LOVE AND WORK WITH ANIMALS

Our Chapter now offers TALK SAVES LIVES WORKPLACE, which is a great 45 minute introduction to bring to your office, veterinary clinic etc. Learn about the science behind suicide, risk factors and warnings signs, as well as how to reach out and ask for help or support someone in crisis. Thanks to the generous donations, the AFSP Maryland Chapter can offer this presentation at no cost to anyone interested. Schedule your presentation today by contacting afsp.md.education@gmai.com.

Talk Saves Lives Brochure

After a Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine

Banfield Pet Hospital: Assess, Support, Know

Facts About Mental Health and Suicide Among Veterinarians

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIPS

For $500, businesses can show their support to the suicide prevention mission by contributing a tax-deductible financial gift as a sponsor. We also accept in-kind donations and goodies that we can use for challenges or raffle. You have until May 31, 2021 to have your logo added to the official Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk T-shirt that will be mailed to everyone who raises $100 or more by May 31 at midnight. For more details, please contact Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org.