Seven-year-old’s Farmington run benefits no-kill shelter

Sofia Lowell poses with her dog, Pink Girl.
Sofia Lowell cuddles with her dog, Pink Girl.

Sofia Lowell may be just seven years old, but she already has plenty of community spirit.

The daughter of Melissa Andrade, who is assistant to Farmington’s city manager, Sofia has organized “Run for the Ruffs,” a September 25 fundraiser for Almost Home Animal Rescue in Southfield. Dogs and their owners are welcome to participate in the one mile fun run/walk, which begins at 11 a.m. and will loop around Shiawassee Park in Farmington.

Sofia said the idea came to her because of her own dog, four-year-old Pink Girl, and because she enjoys city events. Andrade said her daughter is a real animal lover, and has a special place in her heart for dogs.

“Basically, they’re really a good friend,” Sofia said.

Suggested donation for the fundraiser is $10, and medals will be awarded to the first 100 participants.

Dog lovers may also want to stop by Bark in the Park, held the same day at the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion in downtown Farmington. Held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., it will include raffles, give-aways, group walks, and opportunities to adopt a new best friend. Also, students from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills plan to interview pet owners, in connection with a grant project.

Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome, retractable leashes, which present a tripping hazard, are not. The event happens rain or shine. Learn more: