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May 4, 2014

Stillwater going to the dogs; Hundred show up for humane society fundraiser

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Humane Society held the 15th annual Walk-N-Wag race for dogs and their owners at Boomer Lake Park Saturday afternoon.

This was the first year there was an option to do a 5K in addition to the one mile fun run. Race Director Cydney Fister said the 5K was added to broaden the number of participants.

“We opened up the 5K,” Foster said. “You can run the 5K with or without a dog.”

The Stillwater Humane Society is an independently funded, nonprofit organization. The Walk-N-Wag goal was to raise $10,000 for the organization.

“We fully vaccinate every animal in our care, spay and neuter the animals,” Foster said. “The more animals we’re able to rescue it allows us to provide better care to animals that normally wouldn’t have it.”

The Walk-N-Wag also featured booths from local pet businesses and veterinarian clinics. Angie Higgins, with the Cimarron Valley Humane Society, was their to promote the adoption of their dogs. The Cimarron Humane Society participated in the event last year, too.

“It definitely helps to get awareness out there of who we are and what dogs we have,” Higgins said. “We don’t have a shelter so it’s hard for people to see the dogs. So, when we come out here it’s good exposure so people can meet the dogs and see the dogs.”

Sonni and Dalton Moore of Cushing came out to participate in the fun run with their German shepherd, Cherno.

Sonni Dalton said it was a good oppurtunity to give Cherno some exercise and help the cause.

“Most pets are in the environment of a shelter because their owners before either couldn’t take care of them or wouldn’t take care of them,” Sonni Dalton said. “Most animals in shelters don’t have funding, and it’s always a good cause. They always need food and toys.”

Foster agreed the cause is the most important part of the event.

“Local charities make the most difference in your backyard, and I think when we can care for the homeless animals in our community that ultimately makes a difference in the well being of the community,” Foster said.

At the beginning of the race board member Melissa DeLacerda was presented witha miniature dog house. Delacerda has served the Stillwater Humane Society for more than 30 years and has been a board member for 27 years. Board President Rockford Brown said they wanted to honor DeLacerda for her time spent serving the humane society.

“We didn’t want to just do a plain plaque or anything like that, so we thought it made sense to get her a symbol of what she’s helped to give dogs and cats for over 30 years, which is a home,” Brown said.


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