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November 19, 2013 > Walk ÔN Wag, a big success

Walk ÔN Wag, a big success

Submitted By Jeanie Krabbenhoft

On October 5, 2013, hundreds of people and dogs gathered at Hellyer County Park in San Jose for a walk benefitting Humane Society Silicon Valley. In total, the event raised over $230,000 in life-saving funds through online efforts that began in July. The funds will support pet adoptions, low-cost pet spay/neuter services, and educational programs as well as other Humane Society Silicon Valley programs. Fundraising teams were comprised of local community members and included corporate colleagues, clubs, families and friends. Teams vied to be ÔTop DogÕ Ð the title awarded to the highest fundraisers. Corporate sponsorship was provided by NVIDIA, the presenting sponsor, as well as Petco Foundation, Tivo, and GoDaddy.

Canine trick and costume contests attracted quite a few competitors and through a lively competition the costume prize went to a Mexican Hairless dressed as an entire wedding complete with bride, groom and cake. The trick contest was won by a Miniature Schnauzer playing a small piano.

This was Walk ÔN WagÕs first year at its new location at Hellyer County Park. The new venue was a huge success with the larger space attracting more participants and allowing for a short ? mile walk or a longer 5k walk option. Vendors and presenters included local artist Sonya Paz, Pinups for Pitbulls, and Santa Clara Department of Agriculture. Local food trucks No Way Jose, Louisiana Territory, MonaÕs Fruits, and Barefoot Coffee kept everyone provisioned for the activities.

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit agency offering quality adoptions, medical care, education programs, and pet care services to enhance the human-animal bond. HSSV is a 2012 recipient of the MaddieÕs Fund Lifesaving Award.

More information about HSSV can be found at: www.hssv.org.

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