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Paw Walk coming to botanic garden

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The San Diego Botanic Garden’s fifth annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is Feb. 18. (Courtesy of SD Botanic Garden)

Dogs don’t usually get to stroll around the 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. But once a year, canines can explore the plant and tree sanctuary, which is normally off limits to pets.

On Feb. 18, visitors can walk their pets through a 3-mile course during the fifth annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden.

Festivities include displays and information for animal lovers, food, pet products and a pet first-aid station. Registered walkers will have full access to the garden until 2 p.m.  

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The event is organized by the garden and Rancho Coastal Humane Society to benefit both Encinitas-based nonprofits in their efforts to help people, plants and pets. 

Dogs must be kept on leashed no longer than 6 feet and there is a limit of two dogs per person. Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and owners must clean up after their pets.

Tickets cost $32; $21 for youths younger than 18, adult garden members and RCHS volunteers; and $14 for youth garden members younger than 18.

The walk is from 8 a.m. to noon and starts at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum across from the garden at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, because of construction at the Hamilton Children’s Garden.

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Event day registration starts at 7:30 a.m.; the walk is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Register at sdpets.org or sdbgarden.org


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