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Panting for Paws a HUGE Success!
Our 9th Annual Panting for Paws 5K and 1 mile Fun Run was a HUGE
Success! Over 400 people came out on November 1st and over $23,000
was raised to care for the animals! This includes the $2000 match
from an "Angel Donor" for the additional donations raised.
This is phenomenal and we appreciate the immense generosity and
outstanding support from everyone.
The top overall finisher of the 5K were
Adam Tobler (31), Elgin with a time of 18:57.7 and Sarah Roberts
(16), Lake in the hills, with a time of 22:14.3. They received
a top finisher medal, a $50 Running Depot gift certificate and a
Helping Paws fleece jacket. We also had over 40 people
participate in the 1 Mile Fun Run. Official race results are
you were not able to stay for your medal, please feel free to pick
it up from Helping Paws. Medals were given to the top three
finishers in each age category.
Our top fundraisers were Gretchen Flynn, Maureen Sullivan, Scott
Harmon and Debra Jenkins. We also had 19 individual teams this
year, including the top fundraising teams: Force U10 Premier White,
Tutus for Tails, Tawner's Trekkers and Who rescued Who. Loved
the Tutus for Tails team and their coordinating tutu attire.
We even had a runner fly in from San Francisco just to run in our
annual fundraising event - how is that for support!
We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, again, who gave
generously to help offset the costs of putting on this event: Piper
Jaffray, American Community Bank, Premier Veterinary Group, Michelle
Nowland - Young Living, Paws on Pingree and Home State Bank.
We'd also like to thank the Northwest Herald and The Woodstock
Independent for running ads for Panting for Paws in their respective
newspapers and to Panera Bread - Crystal Lake, Conscious Cup -
Crystal Lake, Country Donuts, Woodman's - Carpentersville and Sam's
Club - Crystal Lake for their donations of post-race snacks and
beverages. A special thanks to Jon at JC Tees and Toi at Noir
23 for printing the 5K and Fun Run shirts.
COMING TO THE RESCUE!
Before Diamond, Treasure, Spirit, Hope, Magic and their friend Prince
were rescued; they were living in deplorable conditions.
They were all part of a
hoarding situation where 54 Jack Russell and Beagle-mix dogs, all in
serious need of medical attention/care, were seized from a home in
Fleming, Ohio in far eastern, Ohio near the border of West Virginia.
None of these dogs were spayed or neutered, many were
pregnant and/or nursing mothers or puppies packed in cages, others
were running loose and all had a variety of infections, illnesses
and were covered and living in feces. Thankfully, these animals were
relocated to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, one of our
rescue partners. When
the call came for help with this terrible situation, Helping Paws
was ready! Six of these
neglected and ailing dogs were transferred to our shelter on August
4, where our veterinary staff evaluated each dog and provided them
with direct medical attention.
Many of these dogs have skin infections, hair loss, are
seriously underweight, but all are young and super sweet and can now
start to heal both physically and emotionally.
It was a truly beautiful sight, to see each of these dogs
take their first steps on grass. So please help Diamond, Treasure,
Spirit, Hope, Magic and Prince as they begin their journey towards a
loving adoptive home.
At Helping Paws, each and every animal that comes to us is a
Help us to help
PLEASE help us help these
fur-babies that have had a rough start to their lives. Any
donation would be appreciated and will go to their medical care.