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Updated Sep 2021

Drumroll, please! We've selected Rio as our next "Run for Pups" sponsored dog. 

We learned about Rio from Green Heart Rescue (GHR) in Boise, Idaho. Their mission is to provide safe, loving homes for senior dogs, dogs with special needs, and hospice care dogs. I'm so grateful there are organizations like GHR that offer senior or hard-to-place dogs a second chance.

Rio was surrendered to a Texas shelter after his family had him for eight years. Rio would hide under his bed at the shelter, terrified about his new surroundings and uncertain future. Thankfully, Green Heart Rescue stepped in to help Rio receive medical treatment, get placed in a loving foster home, and hopefully find a forever home in the near future. 

White dog named Rio


Rio tested positive for heartworm and is getting the necessary treatment to resolve this issue. At approximately ten years old, he does have some arthritis and joint pain, but he still deserves a loving home to enjoy his senior years. Rio will be available for adoption after his three months of heartworm treatment are complete. 

By registering for the Run for Pups 5k/10k/13.1 Virtual Race for Rio, you're helping us sponsor Rio and provide for his medical care and daily needs. We made our first donation to start his sponsorship, but we need more runners to help us continue his support and give Rio the life he deserves. Not a runner? That's ok! We welcome all runners or walkers wanting to get exercise, receive a well-deserved medal, and help need dogs in the process. 

We're thrilled to report Rio was adopted by his foster family-congrats Rio! Although Rio found his forever home, he'll remain the face of our Run for Pups Virtual Race. We'll continue to donate five percent of registrations fees for this race to Green Heart Rescue.

We still have some race packets left, so help us finish get to the finish line and register today!

Will you run for Rio? Click here for more information on the Run for Pups Virtual Race.


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