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Community Comes Together to Hike for Homeless Pets

Animal lovers from across metro Denver hit the Glendale Farm Open Space trail on Saturday for the Dumb Friends League Wag `n Trail. More than 1,500 people and 750 dogs participated in the fundraiser, a 1.6-mile hike to raise money for the Dumb Friends League’s south location, the Buddy Center, in Castle Rock.

The event brought in nearly $150,000 which will help the Dumb Friends League provide shelter, comfort, veterinary care and behavior training to as many as 3,500 homeless pets at the Buddy Center this year while we work to reunite them with their owners or place them in new homes. Fundraising for Wag `n Trail continues through Oct. 21.

In addition to the hike, participants had the opportunity to watch flyball demonstrations, enjoy food, music and local craft beer from Grist Brewing Company, meet adoptable dogs and shop for merchandise from local vendors.

“We started this event 11 years ago to raise awareness for the Buddy Center,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “Since then, more than 38,000 homeless pets at the shelter have been given a second chance thanks to the generous support and compassion of our participants, donors, sponsors, vendors and volunteers.”

As the only full-service animal shelter serving Douglas County, the Buddy Center plays a vital role in reuniting owners with lost pets and finding loving homes for thousands of cats, dogs and small pets each year.

The 2015 Wag `n Trail was sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet®, HomeAgain, Frontline Plus and Heartgard Plus. For more information, or to make a donation through Oct. 21, visit www.ddfl.orgwnt or call (303) 751-5772.

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