BluePath Service Dogs, a nonprofit based in Hopewell Junction that was founded to provide service dogs to children with autism, will hold a walkathon at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights on May 19. The fundraiser takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walkers can participate with or without dogs. Children will be entertained with a variety of activities, including a bounce house, lawn games and face painting. Friendly dogs are welcome on leashes 6 feet or shorter. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet the puppies of BluePath.
“Many children with autism exhibit bolting or wandering behaviors, that can make trips outside the home a frightening proposition,” said BluePath President and CEO Jody Sandler. “BluePath dogs are connected to children via a specially designed tether system and trained to ‘anchor’ in response to a child bolting.”
More information about the organization and event at bluepathdogs.org.