Stride for Strays 2009 a Success!

November 22, 2009 at 2:36 am Leave a comment

Animal lovers raised over $50,000 for the animals at our 9th annual Stride for Strays walkathon at Al Lopez Park on October 31. The event featured over 500 walkers and 50 exhibitors, including pet-friendly businesses and non-profits with animals available for adoption. Participants enjoyed a 1-mile dog walk, as well as food, face painting, massages, prizes, contests, and flyball demonstrations from Central Florida Dog and Disc Club and The Central Bark.

This year’s winning team, “Snip Doggie Dog,” pulled the title from 9-time winning team, “Dogs Rule.” Walt Ellis, last year’s team captain commented: “I’m glad they did this. It means more of the community is seeing the need. But, you better have something bigger planned for next year!” Snip Doggie Dog brought in over $5,000 and took home the coveted Roving Dog Bone Award to keep until the next walkathon.

Britchie, a senior greyhound dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz won the Halloween costume contest.

View pictures of the event here.

Event Sponsors includes: St. Petersburg Times, The New Barker Magazine, Synovus Bank, Petco Foundation, Publix Supermarkets Charities.

Funds raised benefit the ACT Spay/Neuter Clinic’s mission to end pet overpopulation in Tampa Bay. Last year, over 22,000 companion animals were put down in Hillsborough County because there were not enough homes for them; over 40,000 met the same fate in Hillsborough and Pinellas combined. Spaying or neutering pets is the most effective way to end this tragedy. The ACT Clinic offers low cost options to the public so that price is not a factor in doing the right thing. “We’re here for the community,” said Linda Hamilton, the clinic’s Executive Director. “In economic times like these, everyone could use a break. By offering low prices, we hope everyone will get their pet fixed to keep unwanted puppies and kittens from being born.” Money raised at Stride for Strays goes directly toward this goal.

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