Five Acres Animal Shelter, Purina Farms, and the Spirit of St. Louis Samoyed Club have partnered up for the annual canine games at Purina Farms.

The 24th annual St. Louis Canine Games helps raise funds for Five Acres Animal Shelter in St. Charles, a no-kill shelter.

“It’s a good thing to do, plain and simple,” Jeff Pech, president of Spirit of St. Louis Samoyed Club, said. “Any time you can help a shelter for the animals, obviously we’re all animal lovers, and dog lovers in particular. And that’s exactly the reason why we partnered up with Five Acres.”

The games give dogs an opportunity to play, test their aptitude for canine sports and spend quality time with their families.

“Dogs can come out, do things they’ve never been able to do before, at a minimal charge and just have fun with their dogs. We kind of say it’s like taking your dog to the amusement park,” Pech said.

The games included agility, flyball, and scent work.

The Flyball game allows each dog to navigate the jumps on a course until they reach the end and activate the box to eject the ball.

Race the Wind game shows you how fast your dog can run. Their speed captured with a radar gun.

All of the games are designed to be non-competitive, and give dogs a chance to see what kinds of games and activities they like.

“Any no-kill shelter is way better than any other kind of shelter. I don’t believe animals should have to die for people’s mistakes,” Michael Miller said.

“Any no-kill shelter is way better than any other kind of shelter,” Michael Miller said. I don’t believe animals should have to die for people’s mistakes.”