Pets Unleashed

See Spot Walk raises $122,000 this year — most ever

Idaho’s largest dog walk was a rousing success this year, raising more funds for the Boise-based shelter’s operations than ever before, according to shelter spokeswoman Hannah Parpart. An estimated 3,000 people and their pups participated this year.

The $122,000 that was raised came from sponsors, registrations and pledges collected by walkers and teams. Expenses for the event are expected to about about $35,000.

The money will be used for general operating expenses for the roughly 14,000 homeless animals — not just dogs — that are cared for at the shelter each year.

The price of registration was increased $5 this year, from $20 to $25 (though individuals on teams could register for $20). But that’s not the main reason that fundraising was up this year, Parpart said.

“Many more people took the challenge of collecting pledges from friends and family,” she said.

The event is always held on the first Saturday in October. This year, the weather was close to perfect.





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