Hoof And Woof Fundraiser Returns For Second Year

By On April 8, 2014

An upcoming walk and horseback ride fundraiser will support the Burbank Police Department K-9 and Mounted units.

People pose for pictures with Burbank K-9 Officer . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

People pose for pictures with Burbank K-9 Officer at last year’s event . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The second annual Hoof and Woof event, organized by the Burbank Police Foundation, will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 19 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walk and guided trail horseback ride start at 9:00 a.m.

Those serving on the equestrian unit are all volunteers, so funds raised help cover the costs of equipment, like saddles and other gear, said Michael Hastings, president of the Burbank Police Foundation.

“Any time the K-9 Unit needs anything over and above what the police department pays for, we like to be the ones who facilitate that and in time when it’s time for a new dog we started a fund that will fund that,” Hastings said.

A portion of the money goes to the foundation’s general fund that pays for a luncheon that honors all the police department volunteers.

Volunteers organizing the Hoof and Woof are chair Andrea Cunningham assisted by Chris Rizzotti. Members from the K-9 and equestrian units will conduct demonstrations and safety talks. Pet organizations will share information on spaying and neutering animals, low-cost micro-chipping and canine CPR. Pet rescue groups will also participate.

There will be an hour-long guided trail ride on horseback and horses will be available to rent through the Griffith Park Horse Rentals, which has offered to donate $10 to the foundation for each rider who rents a horse for the guided ride. To reserve a horse, call (818) 840-8401. For more information on the event, visit the website www.hoofandwoofwalk.org or call (818) 237-9032.