If you want to get your dog some quality time with other canines and you want to support a good cause, mark this event on your calendar.

Relay for Life of the Triad is hosting its annual “Bark for Life” fundraiser from Monday, Oct. 18 through Saturday, Nov. 6.

Due to the pandemic, the event will be in a “hybrid” format, with some activities taking place over the internet and others in person.

People who register for the fundraiser will be able to take part in online challenges while simultaneously encouraging their family and friends to give to the American Cancer Society.

On Monday, Oct. 18, there will be a virtual costume contest for pets and humans alike.

A silent auction supporting the cause will begin on Sunday, Oct. 24.  In that auction, products and services from local businesses will be up for grabs.

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 6, a “floating wrap-up” event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Country Park in Greensboro. Participants can pick up their T-shirt and “goody bag,” enter the raffle and get something to drink from the Wired Café Coffee Bus. 

At the event, participants may also meet local sponsors, take a lap around the park with their “canine cancer fighter,” and, if they’re game, complete in an on-site scavenger hunt for a “special prize.”

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a Relay For Life fundraiser that honors the “caregiving qualities of canine companions.” All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s work on research, advocacy, education and health equity.

Those who want to participate can register at www.relayforlife.org/barktriadnc. Registrations are accepted at any point, but people need to sign up by October 23 to secure a T-shirt.  

 It’s probably best that humans, rather than their pet dogs, fill out the registration form though the canine companions are of course welcome at the event.

Kayla Collins, senior development manager for the American Cancer Society’s Southeast region, stated this week that a lot of thought went into making this a safe event for participants.

“We are excited to be planning a safely executed Bark For Life of the Triad event,” she stated in a press release. “Bark For Life of the Triad unites our community behind the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from cancer.  We know that cancer has not stopped for the pandemic and neither can we. We hope you and your canine cancer fighter will join us!”