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September 12th, 2008
Texas Fix 'Em 5K Only Two Weeks Away

San Marcos, TX, September 12, 2008 – Join Pet Prevent a Litter of Central Texas (PALS) for a morning of fun during for the Texas Fix ‘Em 5K Race and Pledge Walk on Saturday, September 27 at City Park Pavilion in San Marcos. Starting at 8:00 a.m., local runners will compete in a 5K competition, followed by a kid’s fun run. Once the athletes are finished, the action continues with individuals and teams taking part in a pledge walk. Given the pet friendly atmosphere, well behaved and leashed dogs are encouraged to join in all the festivities, including the run and walk.

The $16 entry fee ($20 day of the event) also entitles participants to enter their favorite canines into various contests, including owner/pet look-alike, best pet from a rescue or shelter, cutest pet, and best pet costume.

All proceeds from the day will support PALS, a non-profit organization which helps provide vouchers for free spay and neuter surgeries for the companion cats and dogs of those in need in Hays county and the surrounding area.

The event comes at a very opportune time, as PALS recently joined forces with Campus TNRM, the local organization that catches, sterilizes, and maintains the colonies of feral cats at Texas State University. Both organizations’ similar missions made it a logical decision to merge; giving the campus group non-profit status and the ability to reach out to other area feral caregivers who practice TNR (trap, neuter, and return).

“PALS is very pleased to welcome the Campus TNRM group and we look forward to working together to make our community a better place for all animals,” noted Debbi Jackson, President of PALS.

To help celebrate the new partnership, Texas Fix ‘Em attendees are also asked to bring a donation of cat food, which will be distributed to Campus TNRM caregivers.

Racers and teams for the pledge walk are encouraged to sign up today. Register online at or download the registration from In addition, sponsors and volunteers are needed for the event.

The mission of the Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas, a non-profit corporation, is to help end pet overpopulation and pet homelessness. PALS is dedicated to promoting responsible pet care through community education and spay/neuter programs for those in need. Volunteers, members, and donors are needed. Anyone who wishes to help be a part of the solution to pet overpopulation should call 512-754-PALS or e-mail to volunteer or make a donation. For more information, see


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