It's the Monmouth County SPCA's 20th Anniversary Dog Walk and Pet Fair...20 years of paws walking for a cause! Great fun to be had by all including a Pet Costume Contest, and, for those who love dogs but don't yet have one, a chance to adopt!

My boys and I have enjoyed coming out to this event...and we don't even own a dog! It's a fun day to see all of the beautiful dogs in Monmouth County that are being walked by their owners, do some gift shopping, and watch the fun doggie contests. It's one of those days that you and your family don't want to miss!

If you have a dog, take a stroll with your beloved pet this Saturday, October 5th, 2013, from 10 am - 3 pm, at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.

(Photo courtesy of MCSPCA)

Music by The Wag, PAWsome beats by DJ DPN at the finish line, WOOF-stock-themed fun for the whole family, shopping, food and refreshments for both people AND pets, over 75 vendors, doggie demos, new contests, tons of prizes, and a huge 50/50 drawing! (Tickets for the 50/50 are currently available at both MCSPCA locations for only $10 each, with last year's winner taking home over $15,000!)

Register here and collect pledges from your friends and family for your chance to win prizes like pet portrait sessions and more! And if you want to see YOUR DOG in the logo for next year's Walk, collect the most pledges and your dog will be featured as 2014 Honorary Chairdog on t-shirts, brochures, flyers, banners, and billboards throughout Monmouth County!

Those attending the event with a dog (walking or not) must collect or donate a minimum of $25 in pledges prior to the event or pay a $30 admission fee at the door.

This year the Walk will feature three contests for your dogs to compete in. The highly anticipated Canine Costume Contest, a brand new Doggie Pie eating Contest, and a heartwarming Inner Beauty Contest, where contestants are given one minute or less to describe how their dog has brought beauty into their life or the lives of others. Have your tissues handy!

Don't have a dog to take for a walk? You can still join in on the fun! You may even find your new 'best friend' at the MCSPCA On-site Adoption Center!

Walk as little or as much as you'd like. It's not about the miles you log, but the impact you'll have on the lives of thousands of homeless animals throughout Monmouth County.

This year on the day of the event, the Monmouth County SPCA's Eatontown location will be open for cat-only adoptions with special adoptions promotions, since all of the dogs will be hitting the runway in the Adoptables Parade at the Dog Walk!

Last year's event saw over 2,000 people and their pets in attendance and raised more than $130,000 for the animals in the MCSPCA's care.

So put a smile on your kids' faces and come on out for a great day and a great cause!