According to PATA Manzanillo, an organization that started in Mexcio dedicated to the spaying and neutering of household pets, there are thousands of homeless dogs and cats that struggle daily to find food, rest and safety. Exposure to the nastier side of the world quickly brings diseases, injuries and premature deaths. Stray animals can also be a source of trouble in our communities as well, spreading disease, creating messes and posing a danger to innocent passersby.

Pet owners can reduce the number of strays on the streets by simply spaying or neutering their animals in their youth.

PATA Manzanillo throws a number of fundraising events to fund the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats from low-income homes that desperately need this service. This time around, PATA is hosting the Park City Dog Jog on Nov. 19 for just such a cause.

Participants are invited to bring their furry friends on a leash and walk/run a 5k. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers (human and canine) and top fundraisers, including Canyons day passes, Silver Mountain Fitness club two-month membership, dinner for two to The Farm and a Chef's Tasting dinner for two at Talisker on Main.

Park City Dog Jog, 9 a.m. (sun or snow) Willow Creek Park, Old Ranch Road and Split Rail Lane, Park City Click here for more info