© The HSUS/Grzybowski
More than 600 dogs came to the ’07 Walk.
If any of you plan to visit the National Mall in D.C. this Sunday, let me advise you to stash a few dog biscuits in your pockets. Because as you take in the sights, you’ll likely also come across a very large pack of dogs—very large.
They’ll be walking with their human companions as part of our third annual Humane Society Walk for the Animals, which we co-host with the Washington Humane Society. It’s a great way for us to join with area animal lovers to celebrate the bond we share with our animal companions while also raising awareness about—and vital funds to fight—pet homelessness. Last year we raised nearly $125,000 to benefit programs that strike at the root causes of pet homelessness: the adoption, humane education and spay/neuter programs of The HSUS and WHS.
If you live in the D.C. area or happen to be visiting this weekend, please stop by and join us—you can easily register online in advance. You don’t have to bring a dog to participate—commemorative buttons will be available for people who choose to walk in memory of a special animal or on behalf of one who prefers to stay at home.
If you aren’t nearby but still want to take part, you can make a direct donation on the Walk website, or create a Cause page on Facebook and ask friends and family to contribute (here’s a chance for cats to get involved). Or if you have a dog at home, why not take him or her out for a stroll this Sunday at noon, when our walk begins. Think about the thousands of people and dogs gathered in the nation’s capitol who are walking with you. And if you come across neighbors, tell them you’re walking to end pet homelessness!
Here’s a video from last year’s event that shows all the fun we had.