20th annual See Spot Walk is Saturday in Boise — organizers expect strong turnout despite early BSU game

So you love Idaho's biggest annual party for pups, and you love that Boise State Bronco football team ... You're not alone! Many shelter employees done blue-and-orange on game days.

Saturday is a bit of a quandary for Boise area dog lovers who follow the Broncos — See Spot Walk isn't just on the same day as the BSU game v. Southern Mississippi, it's happening at the same time.

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Idaho Statesman archive photo/See Spot Walk 2010

Festivities for See Spot Walk start at 9 a.m. (costume contest and games), and the walk is at 10 a.m. at the Julia Davis Park band shell. The game kicks off at 10:05 a.m. MDT Saturday at Southern Miss.

The BSU game time wasn't announced until late September. See Spot Walk event preparations begin a year out for the event, which attracts about 3,000 dogs and their people.

But Idaho Humane Society officials are optimistic. Online registration has been strong this week — you can register until 5 p.m. Friday online and until 6 p.m. at the shelter, 4775 West Dorman St., Boise.

SEE SPOT WALK REGISTRATION

"Last year, the game was in town, and a lot of people stuck around," said Hannah Parpart, a spokeswoman for the shelter. "We didn't see a huge game exodus."

Parpart said there's more reason this year to hang out at See Spot Walk — more food vendors and picnic tables. The weather looks like it will be as good as any year — moderate temperature and no rain.

Last year, the event raised about $85,000, and the goal this year is $100,000.

Microchips and vaccinations will be available for a fee at the Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center booth at See Spot Walk.

Be sure to check Idaho Statesman Saturday afternoon for a photo gallery of See Spot Walk.

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Katy,

Interesting letter to the editor in today's print edition expressing concern/frustration about the venue....Sunny...

Yes, I saw that ...

Here's the link to that letter online: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/10/06/2300089/letters-to-the-editor.html

I'm sure the BSU garage wasn't available last year because of the game. Not sure why this year. Maybe they figured if people could live without it last year, they could again this year?

Again, I think the game affected their parade downtown....perhaps they just decided to keep it in the park to make it easier.

Good questions. I will have to follow up with event organizers.