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They’re getting by with a little help from their furry friends.
More than 500 Calgarians and 800 dogs gathered at South Glenmore Park on Saturday to raise funds for the Calgary Humane Society during the 17th annual Calgary Dog Jog.
Whether they ran for 5 km or walked for 2.5 km, everyone came out with the goal of connecting homeless animals with their fur-ever homes, according to Calgary Humane Society donor engagement advisor, Leah Johnson.
“We have been in the community for 96 years taking in strays, unwanted animals and owner surrenders and making sure they are medically up to snuff before adopting them out again,” Johnson explains.
“The importance of this event is really to help homeless animals and the money raised here helps us take care of them from start to finish.”
From dogs and cats to little critters like mice and rabbits, the Calgary Humane Society is dedicated to connecting animals with local families and Calgarians play a critical role in accomplishing that, Johnson added.
“This is an event that people look forward to throughout the year. We know them, and we know their dogs, so it’s a family feeling. We’re happy they’re here for us, and we want them to know we are always here for them.”
Sleep Rover Doggy Daycare and Hotel brought a crew to the event and raised more than $1,000.
“It’s just a great opportunity to get out with the dogs on a nice day, help an organization that does a lot for the city and give back to the community,” says Sleep Rover pet owner Joyce Kao.
While final numbers aren’t in yet, the Calgary Humane Society was hoping to raise $135,000.
Those looking to adopt from or donate to the Calgary Humane Society are encouraged to visit calgaryhumane.ca.