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Walkathon nets $185K for OHS

Times may be tough, but Ottawa residents — of the two and four-leggedvariety — showed how much they love animals yesterday, raising $30,000more for the Ottawa Humane Society than they did last year.

Times may be tough, but Ottawa residents — of the two and four-legged variety — showed how much they love animals yesterday, raising $30,000 more for the Ottawa Humane Society than they did last year.

More than 1,500 participants at the 21st annual Wiggle Waggle Walkathon brought in $185,000 yesterday, making the event the “largest and most successful walkathon ever,” said OHS executive director Bruce Roney.

“In addition to being a fun day, it’s also our most important fundraiser of the year and we count on its success to help us care for Ottawa’s animals,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come out and support our work and see all the different kinds of dogs,” said OHS spokeswoman Tara Jackson. “We even see people who don’t have dogs or who have cats.”

The money raised yesterday goes to all the shelter’s programs, including adoptions, resources for abused and neglected animals, community and education programs and the Brightening Lives program, which brings animals into long-term-care facilities.

 
 
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