A doggone good time

8 years ago


Paws for the Cause Walk 2016

By Allen Salo

On June 4, the Central Aroostook Humane Society held our annual Paws for the Cause fundraiser. This event brings pet owners and their pets from all over The County and beyond to enjoy a two-mile walk, some tasty snacks and the great camaraderie with other four-legged fans.

SH PETBULLETIN 24 16 17830943Many dogs that show up are pets that started their journey at the Central Aroostook Humane Society and come back every year with their families to support the shelter.

Although clouds threatened, rain held off until after the event. Pledge sheets were made available well in advance of the event, as well as the day of the walk. This year over 50 walkers with dogs of every size, color, age and shape covered the course, with various “awards” being given out the end based on category.

Walkers from as far as Hermon and Hamlin made their way to the event. Additionally, Gayla Shaw raised the most money in pledges this year, totaling $265. Total proceeds were $1,594 for the event, which is AWESOME and will help out greatly with the everyday care of the animals.

A number of businesses and individuals donated food and drink items for the event, including Ashley Jackson of “Maddy Cakes” who provided wonderfully decorated animal-themed cupcakes and even a chocolate Dachshund! Fruits and healthy snacks were also provided by the shelter board members.

Historically, this fundraiser was always our largest fundraiser of the year, although in recent years our “Toast to the Animals” has typically exceeded this amount. Our wine and beer tasting evening has become such a popular event that we all look forward to raising awareness and much-needed funds for the animals. The toast will be held again in November, so stay tuned for announcements of the exact date.

We were so pleased to have WAGM’s Joey Prechtl arrive to interview Board President Chris Robinson and to cover the different aspects of the event. Unbelievably, the shelter has been doing the Paws for the Cause Walk for close to 20 years. We can’t express enough how grateful we are to have the continued support of not only the generous folks, but all the wonderful four-legged fans of the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

All in all, it was a dog-gone good time! Thanks so much for all the support. Feel free to check out all the great Walk photos on our Facebook page.

The Central Aroostook Humane Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closing for lunch from 12-12:30. You can also see what pets are available for adoption at Petfinders.com and Facebook. We have cats, kittens and dogs just waiting for their “forever home”!

Please be responsible, spay and neuter your pets.

Allen Salo is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Aroostook Humane Society.