On Sunday, August 2, 2009, dogs and their people came from all over the Bay Area to attend the 12th Annual Bay to Barkers marathon, organized by the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. Located behind the Golden Gate Fields Race Track, the marathon took Barkers on a winding trail that overlooked San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Hundreds of dogs and their people arrived for the walk, and many dogs came outfitted in trendy sports gear! A Maltese and a Maltipoo Chihuahua, named Alfie and Louis, were ready to hit the trail in their coordinating track suits. Roxie, a husky-mix was especially fashionable in her blue shorts that matched her amazing blue eyes.
Dogs had their noses and ears to the ground in preparation for the big race/walk. All queued up eagerly at the start line then trailed after each other like lemmings. While some dogs preferred to stand on the sidelines and cheer on the crowd, others marched along enjoying the beautiful ocean breeze and nature trail. Long legs, short legs, even three legs were pulling their owners on the trail, happy to raise funds for animals in need.
After the walk participants were able visit various booths promoting dog products, services and rescue. Agility courses, K-9 Olympiad games, and look-alike contests kept dogs and their owners entertained, while everyone made new friends with a sniff and a lick.
The Bay to Barkers event raised $45,000, not including donations still being received via mail. A private, non-profit organization, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society is not controlled or funded by any statewide or national organization, so fundraising is very important to them.
A huge success for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, the Bay to Barkers event raised 15% more than last year, a great accomplishment during a recession.
The proceeds from the Bay to Barkers event go to providing shelter, care and adoption services to homeless dogs and cats, and to promoting the humane treatment of all animals, education, training and counseling.
For more information about the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society or to make a donation, please visit their website at www.berkeleyhumane.org
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