Race for Their Lives 2012


On Saturday, September 15, 2012 Furry Friends Network will hold its 7th annual Race for Their Lives at Gifford Pinchot State Park, Conewago Day Use Area. This event includes a 5K trail run and 2-mile fun walk and helps to raise desperately needed funds for veterinary care for the animals in our program as well as spay/neuter surgeries for stray and feral cats in our community. Your help will make a significant difference in the lives of these homeless and unwanted animals as 100% of our funds are directed to their care.

Please join us this year for the Amazing Race to Save More Lives. Dogs provide life saving services for humans every day. They are our ears, eyes and hands; sniff out bombs, cancer and drugs; risk their lives in pursuit of criminals, search for the missing and even the dead. Now is the time for humans to step up to save the lives of those who unselfishly serve us.

Please help us save more animals like Chino and Kirkley. Chino, a 7-year old Pit Bull mix, lived as a stray in Harrisburg for four years. Chino's amazing yet so amazingly sad story began when found in a dumpster in Athens, GA. She was stabbed in the chest with a screwdriver and covered with bite wounds on her face, neck and chest. She was likely used as a bait dog for dog fighting. After recovery she traveled to Pennsylvania with her rescuer in 2008 and was placed in a home in Dover. Her new man was military and later deployed; and Chino was given to a girlfriend, who apparently then gave Chino to someone else. Somehow Chino again became a lost soul and lived on the streets of Harrisburg until some very concerned humans stepped up to finally rescue her from her ordeal in January 2012. Despite being twenty pounds underweight with advanced kidney damage from untreated Lyme Disease, Chino again has a life filled with love and happiness. 

Kirkley, a 5 year old Bassett Hound/Beagle mix, was also found as a stray. Kirkley not only had Lyme Disease but was also Heartworm positive. He is one happy fellow and feeling so much better despite the harsh medical treatment required to kill the heartworms. Both Chino and Kirkley have had difficult lives, yet they are so amazingly happy and joyful for the love and care given them each day in their foster homes.

Your support for Race for Their Lives will absolutely change a homeless animal’s life!



Top Dog Sponsors
Carlisle Small Animal Veterinary Clinic
VCA Animal Hospitals 
VCA West Shore - New Cumberland
VCA Charles London - York
VCA Conewago - Hanover

All Paws Sponsors
Costopoulos Chiropractic
Cumberland Heating & Air Conditioning
K-9 Image
Mortgage Network
Willow Hill Veterinary Clinic

Daily Growl Advertisement Sponsors

Carlisle Events
Carroll Crossing Animal Hospital

Special thanks to
Ann & Paul Withun


The story with the most votes/highest fundraising total will receive a custom pet basket. 
Contest ends Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
Winning entry will be announced at RFTL 2012.


Well behaved, physically fit, spayed/neutered, licensed and currently vaccinated canine companions are welcome and will receive some special attention for their participation.

Registration is $25 per person until Wednesday, September 12, and $30 per person on Race Day.

Register as an individual or form a three member team! Teams will consist of three members only. No teams of combined runners and walkers allowed. Three member team times are totaled for a team score. All team members are also eligible for individual awards.

Advance Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 12.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged. By registering in advance and having your pledges totaled and marked in a separate envelope, event day race packet pick up will be significantly expedited.

** Please have your pledges totaled and your FirstGiving donation sheet printed to hand to registration volunteers when you pick up your race packet on event morning.

Enjoy BREAKFAST foods and pick out your favorite DOOR PRIZES while you wait for the starter pistol.

RACE STARTS AT 9:00 a.m. Runners and walkers will have separate starting points.

A light LUNCH will follow the race.

Your RACE PACKET will include a Race for Their Lives 2012 T-Shirt, goodies from our sponsors and three free Raffle Tickets to win great Door Prizes.

Additional RAFFLE TICKETS will be on sale to increase your chances to win great DOOR PRIZES: $1.00 Each, 8 Tickets for $5.00 or 20 Tickets for $10. Door Prize winners will be drawn while the race staff compiles winner results.

In addition to PRIZE AWARDS for the top three fundraisers, race prizes will be awarded for: 1st Place Fundraising Team, 1st Place Team Run and Walk Winners, 1st Place Canine Run and Walk Winners, and 1st Place Individual Run and Walk Winners, male and female, in 5 age categories, 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over. Special Canine prizes will be awarded for pre-registered and participating Oldest, Youngest, Largest and Smallest Canines.

GRAND PRIZE for the Top Fundraiser is a 7 day time share vacation with two airline tickets.  Thank you Ann & Paul for again donating the time share!

**Please note: Canine Prizes will be based on advance registration information only**

Our RFTL 2012 DJ is Bob Foltz!



Register, start fundraising or donate via FirstGiving

Downloadable Sponsor Letter

Downloadable Registration Form

Downloadable Pledge Form

RFTL 2012 Poster

Gifford Pinchot State Park Map

Gifford Pinchot State Park Directions

Race for their Lives Course Description

RFTL 2012 DJ Bob Foltz

RFTL 2012 Sponsors



Donate or Create your own Fundraising Page via FirstGiving

Fundraising is simple using the Furry Friends Network FirstGiving page. You can donate on line directly to FFN or to a Race for Their Lives 2012 participant's fundraising effort...or you can create your own FirstGiving Fundraising page to raise donations on line.

Registration forms and donations may be mailed to: 

Furry Friends Network
Race for Their Lives 2012
PO Box 519
Boiling Springs, PA  17007


This event generates a significant portion of FFN’s annual operating funds and is a great event for anyone interested in a little healthy competition, with or without their canine best friend. Don’t miss out on a morning of competition, fun, food and prizes.

Challenge your office rivals to a race to the finish – The only thing better than winning bragging rights for the year is the satisfaction you will feel helping homeless and unwanted animals.

If you have any questions or would like more detailed information, contact furryfriendsnet@aol.com or ffnvolunteers@comcast.net.


Furry Friends Network is non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies upon private donations to help fund our rescue operation.

The official registration and financial information of Furry Friends Network may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.