Black, white, red, yellow and brown; large or small; male or female; young or old; all the dogs participating in Saturdayâ€™s fourth annual Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals Walk-And-Wag-Athon all had one thing in common: their owners care about animals.
Bringing in $1,380 to the organization, this yearâ€™s fundraising event nearly doubled last yearâ€™s take of $727.
Nearly three dozen walkers and their dogs raised $923 in pledges, with the remainder made in free will donations for lunch and breakfast, animal artwork, blanket raffles, onsite pictures, dog treats and a pet supply rummage sale of donated items.
â€śWe raised more than last year in pledges,â€ť said event organizer Tracy Lee. â€śThis is totally great.â€ť
Hale Kringlie, grandson of founding SVFA member Kay Kringlie, raised the most pledges in the youth division at $120 while the â€ś5 Amigosâ€ť team of Elizabeth and Kevin Borg, Tim and Jo Matz, Chery, Carrie, Emily and Mikaela Woodruff, Paula Kent and Doreen Bohn raised $123.
The Walk-And-Wag began as an effort to raise funds to build the dog park in Chautauqua Park. The funds are now used to pay for the cost of spaying/neutering and microchipping every animal that comes into their foster care program. SVFA members Kathy Martin and Stacie Leier said the $30 microchip is invaluable if a pet goes missing.
â€śIf they get lost the police will pick them up and take them to the vet clinic, scan them, and then there reads the number in a nationwide registration,â€ť Martin said. â€śIt helps; itâ€™s a really big deal.â€ť
Martin said when lost animals are brought into a clinic, scanning for a microchip is a routine practice.
Leier said microchipping an animal is a simple procedure.
â€śItâ€™s a flat microchip and they just insert it under the skin,â€ť Leier said. â€śYou can feel it when you pet the animal. Our cats are microchipped and you canâ€™t even tell if youâ€™re looking for it.â€ť