Willamette Humane Society’s “WillaMutt Strut” Raises More than $18,000Comments Off
Salem’s Riverfront Park literally went to the dogs on Saturday, August 4, as hundreds of animal lovers and their four-legged companions showed up for the first WillaMutt Strut Fun Run & Walk, presented by The Marble Center. Thanks to sponsors, participants and volunteers, the event raised more than $18,000 for homeless pets at Willamette Humane Society.
The day’s activities kicked off at 8:30 a.m. with a scenic 5K run, followed by the 5K and 1.5K walks. Emcee Dave Porter did a superb job keeping things rolling with humor and style while participants enjoyed visiting the many vendor booths before and after the run/walk events. WHS canine training specialist Annie Ingersoll was also on hand for some mini tricks lessons and within minutes, she had Kajiro, a 5-month-old Akita, showing off his ”spin” move and even learning to weave through his owner’s legs! After finishing the run/walk events, participants enjoyed taking part in the doggie games, including a round of musical sit (like musical chairs) and the ever-popular peanut butter lick game. The morning wrapped up with the crowning of the most mutt-like dog, with top honors going to Itty Bitty Izzy, a “Bo Jack” (Boston Terrier/Jack Russell) mix owned by Brenda Cutting. Many attendees also took home cool door prizes courtesy of sponsors and local businesses.
Pet Press news item courtesy the Willamette Humane Society (WHS)