Lace up your shoes and grab a ball, it’s time for one of the most fun fundraisers of the year.

The Pet Project For Pets is holding its annual Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, May 7, at Manor Lanes.

The annual event raises money for The Pet Project, which works all year to help keep pets and their humans together in South Florida. It’s not an easy job.

“All proceeds raised from our fundraisers go to purchase pet food and pet supplies also for vet care for our clients' pets,” Director Sue Martino said. “We are providing for over 2,000 pets in Broward and Miami Dade. They all depend on us for their food, supplies and wellness vet care. It is a huge undertaking but thanks to all our supporters we never leave a pet hungry or in need.”

The elderly and people with serious, chronic conditions are often forced to give up their pet companions due to financial or physical limitations. The Pet Project works to keep them together as long as possible, and is marking the 20th anniversary of its work. Martino loves the work.

“[At] the end of the day ... I can say to myself we did all we could, we saved both pets and people, we did not have to turn anyone away who needed our help. It is very rewarding.”

The event starts at 10 a.m. with bowlers encouraged to raise $200 per person and $1,000 per team. Non-bowlers who are pet lovers can contribute as well.

The after party is at Pub On The Drive (The Pub). They have hosted the event for a long time, and Mike Connell said The Pet Project is very special to their heart.

“The history of the Pet Project dates back to a time in our local community when many with life-threatening health conditions could not afford medicine and their pet. Helping provide food and support and in circumstances of an owner's death a common commitment to ensure their beloved pet was adopted into a loving home is the background of this organization. This is one truly fantastic non-profit agency.”

The after party will have a free food buffet, and bowlers will get a free drink. Bowlers also get a raffle ticket for a new, 65” TV for every $200 they raise. The drawing will be held at the party.

Connell said The Pub will have two teams in the Bowl-A-Thon, and they love animals all the time.

“Personally we have known close elderly friends living alone and desiring a companion pet and then experiencing hardship with covering animal costs. We have also personally adopted a support cat from the Pet Project after the 92-year-old gay owner died in assisted living and the cat needed another loving home.”

Manor Lanes is at 1517 NE 26th St. in Wilton Manors. For more information on the event and their work, visit