April 30, 2011
More than 5,000 people along with 3,000 pets braved cold Aprils showers to celebrate the 37th Walk for Animals. Despite the cool wet weather, pet lovers showed their devotion as they trekked the 5-mile Walk for Animals. The event kicked off in a parade-like formation led by a youth drum corps at the Animal Humane Society’s Golden Valley site. Walkers then trailed along Theodore Wirth Parkway. Animal Humane Society’s Walk for Animals has a goal of raising one-million-dollars through pledges and donations and is the nation’s largest human/pet walk. Click here to see photos from the event.
“To have so many thousands of people show up at the Walk for Animals in less than desirable conditions is so inspiring,” says Janelle Dixon, CEO/President of Animal Humane Society. “It’s easy to come out and celebrate when it’s sunny and warm however today’s turnout in the downpour clearly demonstrates the passion and commitment the community has for the work of Animal Humane Society. We are so grateful to every person who raised donations, those who made donations and to those who came out and walked with us today.”
And, it wasn’t just dogs that came out with their owners. Cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and even a goat were counted among the crowds of canines who leashed up.
Animal Humane Society will care for more than 30,000 animals this year at its five locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury. The community programs and services provided are funded in part by this important fundraiser. Last year, Walk for Animals participants raised more than $1 million dollars to support adoption, rescue, outreach and training efforts at Animal Humane Society.
Where a Walker’s Contribution Goes
$10,000 Supports the operating expenses of our Woodbury location for six days
$5,000 Helps fund a cruelty investigation and animal rescue
$2,500 Provides medical supplies and medications for 41 spay/neuter surgeries
$1,000 Gives housing and care to 67 animals in the shelter for one day
$ 500 Helps three dogs through the Adoption Preparation program which readies
shy or fearful dogs for adoption
$ 250 Provides X-rays for two injured animals
$ 100 Provides sterilization surgery for two puppies
$ 50 Two stray cats receive full vaccinations
Animal Humane Society has been helping animals since 1878 and is a private non-profit organization that receives no federal, state or government funding and relies totally on private donations, merchandise sales and adoption fees. For more information, visit us online at animalhumanesociety.org
Animal Humane Society is grateful for the support of its many Walk for Animal sponsors including Purina One, FOX 9, Cities 97 and Radio Disney.