The Olde Towne School for Dogs and Frolick Dogs Canine Sports Club will sponsor Paws for the People on Saturday, May 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Market Square in Old Town Alexandria to benefit the Lazarus Food Pantry of Christ Church, the largest weekly supermarket-style food pantry in Alexandria.

Registration is now open! Dogs of every type can enter three categories of competition: agility; obedience; and tricks. Three rings of dogs will work simultaneously before professional judges. Dog obedience champions will also show their stuff. Vendors will be on hand offering canine related information and services.

All of the participation fees will go to the Lazarus Food Pantry, which provides a variety of healthy food every week to residents of the City of Alexandria in need of food.

Last year, 2,014 guests visited the pantry; this meant that 5,697 people received fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meat, bread and staples that they select for themselves. Full-size toiletries are also available once a month. The pantry is stocked with food donations from church members, food purchased at low prices from the Capital Area Food Bank, plus generous donations from Panera, Trader Joe’s, Mom’s Organic Market, and the Old Town Farmers’ Market.

People who want to support the Lazarus Food Pantry but not have their dog compete can register as pet patrons and will receive an official Paws for the People bandana. A photo booth will be available for dogs to take memorable photos.

Market Square is in front of City Hall, on King Street between Royal and Fairfax. Dogs must be on leashes not exceeding six feet. No flexi-leashes allowed.

Online registration will begin soon! Competition slots will be limited. Watch for an email from Christ Church and find more information by visiting the Olde Towne School for Dogs, 529 Oronoco Street, or Frolick Dogs, 3208 Colvin Street.