The village of Glen Ellyn, in DuPage County of Illinois is a fairly affluent community with an immediate population of 27,167 as of July, 2007. As the majority of our community members could be categorized as upper to middle class and are accustomed to high standards of living, it often becomes difficult for them to relate an environment where animals, particularly domestic pets are abused. Ironically, these community members so often unaware of the plight of animals, possess invaluable resources to combat this problem. Woofin’& Hoofin' realizes and understands the reality of this issue. Therefore our goal is two fold. We wish to directly combat the issue of animal cruelty with generous monetary donations, and we hope to educate our community about the severity and prevalence of animal abuse. Woofin' & Hoofin’ members have a passion for the subject of animal cruelty. As most of us are loving pet-owners, upon hearing that 76% of reported animal abuse cases are pet-related, we realize that we must take a stand on this issue. However, the problem runs much deeper than the mistreatment of house pets. Animals are also raised for the sole purpose of violent underground sport, or are not spayed or neutered, leaving them to reproduce a population of animals that are doomed to grow up, suffer, and die young in an unforgiving environment. Something simply must be done in our neighborhood to combat this national calamity. Who better qualified to raise awareness and profits than a group of ambitious teenagers in an active community that has proven it is willing to listen and respond to local causes? Another charity event in our community, This Run’s for Jack 5K, has raised between $45,000 and $60,000 for melanoma research in each of their races over the past six years, with 60% of that revenue donated by Glen Ellyn community members. Due to the high success rate of the annual This Run's For Jack 5K, as well as other local races, such as the Rock n' Roll 5K and the Freedom Four, 4 Mile Run, we decided to approach the issue of animal cruelty by holding a race. We feel that the community can bare another race related event, because our community is highly active, and our race is spaced out from the other races. We expect to make a large dent in the way our community thinks about animal cruelty because we are teenagers. We have fresh and creative ideas, a youthful vigor and passion, and the curiosity to see the fruits of our labor.