BY DALE DEVRIES
Many of us at the Scene are proud “forever-home-ers.” We’ve adopted a fantastic member of the family from the Humane Society. We felt good about the money we gave them and we think “well… I did my part” and we don’t think about it again. However, so much more goes into the well-being of these pets far before they enter our home.The Oshkosh Area Humane Society has gone above and beyond what should be the norm. Before each pet is adopted, it goes under a thorough medical examination and in cases where an animal is not spayed or neutered, they provide that as well… However, all of this costs the shelter money. Instead of raising prices, the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) has a great, healthy way to raise funds: The Walk for the Animals event. This event allows you to bring your dog for a walk, meet new friends and possibly dress up and raise money for the shelter. This event is the biggest fundraising event of the year for OAHS. The goal is to raise $40,000 towards medical care for the thousands of animals OAHS helps every year. (Nine out of ten animals coming into OAHS need some form of medical care.) How do you get started raising funds to help. Cari Tetzlaff, Volunteer Coordinator for the OAHS, goes on to say that “Our annual medical budget is $80,000. Many folks don’t realize the level of quality medical care that homeless animals receive while in the care of OAHS. 100% of animals that enter our doors benefit from the medical fund, which provides for vaccinations, deworming treatments, spay/neuter surgeries, feline leukemia and heartworm testing, and many very important medical needs of animals.”
There are many different ways you can get involved with this event. You can create your own fundraising page at First Giving and collect pledges on line! Invite family and friends to donate by via e-mail. No need to collect money – donations made online go right to OAHS. Or you can print out the Walk for the Animals pledge form brochure to personally collect pledges from friends family and coworkers.
You can walk as an individual or form a team with friends and family! Prizes and medals will be awarded to top individual and team pledge raisers.
One of the unique aspects of this walk is the Purple Pride Parade, which allows you to The Purple Pride Parade – show your pride and dress up in purple! Prizes for best costumes!
Tons more fun await you at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals Event. Go to their website: www.oahs.org/walkfortheanimals for more information. ν
Dale DeVries lives with his wife, daughter, cat and their Pug Digby, which they adopted from the OAHS.