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Union Parish Humane Society Paddles Kayaks for Local Pooches

An all too familiar sight in North Louisiana is abandoned pets on the roadside. Often, many people do not know how to help. 

The Union Parish Humane Society is partnering with the D'Arbonne Kayak Club to host an event called the Dog Paddle Kayak Race on Saturday, August 27 to benefit the Union Parish Humane society, and many animal shelters across southern Louisiana.

"We wanted to do something fun, but also something good for our community, and there are abused and neglected animals all over our parish," says Stephanie Hermann with the D'Arbonne Kayak Club.

Participants are requested to bring pet food items to be sent to Baton Rouge area shelters to help provide for the thousands of pets that have been displaced by the recent floods.

Local pets will also be onsite and available for adoption. All proceeds go to help fund the humane society's spay/neuter and adoption programs. 

The races begin at 2 p.m., and last until 5, with all age groups represented. Kayaks are provided by the club, and each race consists of short sprints that are designed to be accessible, even to people whom have never kayaked before. 

There are races in each age category, a family relay race, and even a "Race with Your Dog" event.  For more information, visit the Union Parish Humane Society or the D'Arbonne Kayak Club on Facebook.

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.
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