Dashers attend in record numbers and take fundraising to new heights
There were big dogs, little dogs, dogs in strollers, dogs in costumes and a turtle as Waterfront Park transformed into a giant celebration of people and pets for the 31st annual Doggie Dash. The epic block party also commemorated OHS’s 150th anniversary.
The day began with a cool layer of fog blanketing Waterfront Park, creating perfect conditions for the nearly 7,000 Dashers who ran or walked the 2.5 or 1.5 mile course. The sun emerged from the clouds as the crowd returned to the park for a pancake breakfast, festive libations, photos opps, raffles and contests for Dashers and their dogs. Close to 100 local sponsors participated in the event offering merchandise, delicious treats, cooking demonstrations and activities for kids. OHS investigator Austin Wallace was at Doggie Dash to talk about his work fighting animal cruelty and abuse. He got
a hero’s welcome as community members thanked him for his service and gave updates on pets they’d adopted from OHS investigation cases.
The big headline of the day was the $738,000 that was raised to save lives, rescue animals from abuse and neglect, care for injured and sick animals and provide services to strengthen the human / animal bond. Fundraising will continue through the end of May.
Save the date for Doggie Dash 2019, Saturday, May 11!