More than 1,500 dogs and their people gathered at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood (July 15) to raise over $120,000 for homeless animals in our community. Funds raised will help the Humane Society care for nearly 23,000 animals that enter the shelter annually, and will help staff find homes for healthy, adoptable pets in their quest to become one of only a few “open admission”, “no-kill” shelters of their size in the nation by December 2008.
Walkers raised pledges in advance of the walk, and then enjoyed a one-mile or four-mile hike through Fort Steilacoom Park with their canine companion(s). “We raised $18,000 more than last year”, said Steve Pierce, executive director. “It’s great to see so many animal lovers and so many breeds of dogs in one place at one time. To see the special bonds between people and their dogs, many adopted from the Humane Society, gives our staff a tremendous sense of reward in all we do to save the animals”, said Pierce.
Winners of the Magnificent Mutt Show included: (Rocky) for best trick; (Chica) for biggest dog; (Gypsy Gin) for smallest dog; (Portia) for most spots; (McKenzie) for best dressed; (Babe) for loudest bark; (Pepper) for tallest; (Sandy) for most like owner; (Rosie) for cutest; and (Blue) for best in show.
Other featured activities included demonstrations by the Flying Disk Dogs, the Ewe-Topia Herding Dogs, Narcotic Detection Dogs from the Department of Corrections, Tacoma Police Department K-9 Unit, Washington Mixed Breed Dog Club, and drawings for great prizes. A variety of professional photographs, like the one attached, are available for publication.