The San Diego Humane Society raised $40,000 in its Walk for Animals event, one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers.
The event was back in person this year after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. SDHS’s Nina Thompson estimates 5,000 walkers and 1,000 dogs participated at Liberty Station, NTC park.
“In the coming year, we will care for more than 40,000 animals in need,'' said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president, and CEO of the SDHS.
Every dollar raised will help the group shelter homeless pets, rescue animals from cruelty and neglect, care for orphaned kittens, provide lifesaving veterinary care, rehabilitate native wildlife, keep pets in their homes and out of shelters and respond to natural disasters.
Saturday Morning festivities include a pancake breakfast, a two-mile walk or half-mile walk, activities for dogs, live music, and vendor booths. Dog activities and the Vendor Village will remain until 11 a.m.
The organization is 89 percent away from its fundraising goal of $300,000, according to the SDHS website.