Thousands to attend Walk For Animals 2016

Event raises funds for Animal Humane Society

Alex Balfour

Sophomore Kaylee Baumann remembers being struck by the exciting atmosphere as thousands of people and pets gathered for the largest walk of its kind in the nation.

According to Zach Nugent, a member of the Walk For Animals (WFA) communications team, WFA is a fundraiser run by the Animal Humane Society (AHS) to raise money for the thousands of animals taken under AHS care. He said last year over 9,000 people and 3,000 pets participated in the walk.

“It’s the largest walk of its kind. We invite people and their pets to come and walk along our two and a half-mile grounds,” Nugent said. “It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

According to Nugent, WFA has a goal of raising 1,000,000 dollars and he said the money raised will be distributed throughout the five metro locations of the AHS.

“All that money (they raise) stays here locally at the Animal Humane Society, and it goes back to help care for the animals we take in every year,” Nugent said.
According to Nugent, the WFA has an array of activities such as food trucks, games for people and their pets, flea markets, and face painting, besides the walk itself.

“Every year, we look at different things we can do and different activities that we can add. We really want to make it a whole family affair and make it enjoyable for everyone,” Nugent said.

According to Nugent, there are very few limitations on animals allowed to participate in the walk.

“We invite any pets, we have the whole gamete that comes,” Nugent said. “We’ve had dogs, cats, geese and ducks, snakes — all sorts of animals. You never know what you’re going to see.”Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 12.32.38 PM

Baumann said she found the walk very memorable because of the variety of animals in previous years

“It was really energetic and fun, everyone loves animals and it’s great experience,” Baumann said.

Nugent said he encourages people of all ages to attend the walk.

“Not only is it a fun activity where you get to come out and you get to meet people, but it’s really a way to get active in the community and to help support animals in the community,” said Nugent.

This year, the WFA check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walk goes from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on May 7 at Theodore Wirth Park. People who are unable to attend are welcomed to donate on the WFA website.

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