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Pets Reducing For Rescues 2020 Kick-Off Weigh-In

The 11th annual "Pets Reducing for Rescues" Ideal Weight contest will have 6 divisions: "Biggest 4-Pawed Loser" dogs and cats, "Iron" dogs and cats and pride & pack challenges.

Contestants choose a local rescue and West Towne Veterinary Center (WTVC) donates $5 (dog) to $20 (cat) for each pound lost during the 8-week contest. The contest has donated over $22K to local rescues over its 10-year history. There are no costs or obligations for the contest, weigh-ins, or assessments.

Join us for the kick-off for Pets Reducing for Rescues! There will be a cats-only kick-off Thursday, March 5th from 6:00-7:00 and a cat and dog kickoff Saturday, March 7th from 12:30-2:00. If contestants cannot make it to either kick-off, they can still weigh-in until noon Sat, March 14th at West Towne Veterinary Center.
Staff will perform ideal weight assessments for pets and answer any questions related to nutrition and ideal weight. Dr. Ken will present "Fun, effective weight management in dogs & cats using the right foods and the latest pet fitness & weight management technologies."

A midpoint weigh-in will take place on Wed April 1st from 6-7 p.m. The final contest weigh-in & celebration will take place on Sat, May 2nd from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Contestants and contestant recruiters are eligible for over $2,500 in contest prizes given away at the 3 weigh-ins. Just 2 official weights at WTVC is all that is required to enter a pet. Contestants are encouraged to team up with friends, neighbors, and coworkers for fun & prizes (dog pack & cat pride challenges!)

In 2019 there were 52 final contestants (22 dogs, 30 cats). Underdog Pet Rescue, Dane County Humane Society & Madison Cat Project together received over $3,657. This year we will have over $2,500 in prizes for contestants & door prizes at weigh-ins with a goal of $5,000 to be donated.

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