Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Pet Walk

Buddy, June, & Cooper

On Saturday, December 8, Ben & I took the pups to a Pet Walk.  It was in Waterfront Park here in Elizabeth City, NC.  It was a great event for a great cause!

Two local Cadette Girl Scouts initiated this event for a project they were working on.  I had the opportunity to meet the two girls at the walk, and I thanked them for putting together such a great event.  It truly warms my heart to see young children and young adults coming together to help animals.

The Pet Walk at Waterfront Park

This event also supported and brought awareness to our local SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina.  It just so happens to be the same shelter we adopted Miss June at! 

The walk was free to attend.  They simply asked for donations (not money) to help support the local SPCA.  The flyer for the event listed several low cost or even no cost items you could donate.  Here are some of the no cost suggestions they had.  (Although new items of these suggestions were welcome as well.)  Gently used items are a great thing for shelters to receive as donations.  Not to mention it is a great way to clean out your closets!  

Food Bowls
Pet Carriers
There were also several low cost items you could donate, such as:
Animal Shampoos
Pet Food
Hand Sanitizer
Cat Litter
Office Supplies
Dawn Dish Soap
Laundry Detergent
Pet Beds
I love that they gave us suggestions for things to donate other than just money.  Although money is quite useful for them as well!!! 
I went on an early morning shopping trip to Big Lots to get some items to donate for the walk.  I absolutely LOVE shopping for our four legged friends!  Of course, it is always hard for me to decide which toys to buy.  There are too many cute choices!
Here is what I ended up getting for my donation, and it only cost $21.00 for all of this loot!
The pups had a good time, but Cooper was being a crotchety old man with all of the overzealous young pups, so Ben walked him away from all of the commotion while Buddy, June, and I went around the loop for the walk.  (And this behavior for Coop is quite abnormal.  He is our gentle giant, but I am thinking it was sensory overload.  His fur was on end, so we erred on the side of caution.)
Buddy was so well behaved!  But little Miss June bug was the star of the show!  We adopted her from this SPCA, so a lot of the volunteers remembered her.  She is one girl you can never forget!  They were so happy to see her again and to see that she was doing so well.  I assured them that she has a wonderful life now and is very much adored! 
June got her photo taken for their newsletter.  She is going to be famous one day; I just know it!  After we met up again with Coop and Ben (who had tried to sneak over to the water for a quick swim!) we headed back to the car to head home. 
I strongly recommend that if you choose to donate, do it locally.  You can donate money or goods to your local shelter or rescue group.  It goes directly to the animals.  You can immediately see the good you are doing.  And if money or goods aren't easy for you to come by, your time is so very valuable as well.  You can be a dog walker at your local shelter or open your home to a foster.  Helping comes in many shapes and sizes!
Such a good boy!
As always, please consider adopting your next best friend from your local shelter or rescue group.  You most certainly will not regret it!
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  1. hey Buddy, Hey June, Hey Cooper, Jet here. Hi Miss Laura.

    Super cool event. Glad you could participate. We agree with your whole-heartedly about donating locally. Next month is our Rescue Reunion...

    Thanks for all you do to help.

    1. Hey, Jet! I certainly do love local events:) Your rescue reunion sounds awesome. I can't wait to read all about it!

      And you are welcome, Jet. I love helping wonderful pups like you find their forever homes in any way that I can:)

  2. What a great thing these girls did for their SPCA. And, then to have a walk for everyone to enjoy too... way to go!

    1. Emily, it was such a cool event! I was so pleased to hear it was put on by two young girls! Makes me smile just thinking about it!

  3. Excellent event...And though we are all hit with onine donation requests daily, my heart like yours is with the small local group that helps out at the kill shelter where I found Gizmo...They get no press, do an amazing job and can use all the help they can get

    1. I whole-heartedly agree with you! These wonderful, small groups do not get the press and publicity that they deserve. They do such amazing things and I love being able to help, no matter how small. Thanks for stopping by!


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