Tailwaggers united at the 14th annual Wag `n Trail

With a nip in the air, more than 500 canines and 1,200 humans ushered in fall at the 14th annual Wag `n Trail on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Glendale Farm Open Space in Douglas County. Two and four-legged participants enjoyed a 1.6-mile hike and helped homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center.

In addition to the walk, pet lovers met adoptable pets from the Buddy Center, visited our beer garden, enjoyed music and food trucks, shopped for pet-friendly products, bid on silent auction items and had event photos taken with their dogs. Since no hike is complete without a tasty snack at the end, ice cream for all participants—with and without tails—rounded out the event.

If you missed Wag `n Trail but still want to help homeless pets at the Buddy Center, it’s not too late to become a “Virtual Hiker.” Visit wagntrail.org to register, choose any trail and hike before Oct. 22. Virtual Hiker registration is $25 and includes a Wag `n Trail dog bandana. Participants can enter the virtual hiker photo contest by submitting a picture from their hike for a chance to win a doggie gift basket and a $100 gift card from PetSmart.

Thanks to the generous support of everyone who registered, donated and raised pledges, as well as our sponsors listed below, more than $149,000 was raised for programs and services to help homeless pets at the Buddy Center. (And, fundraising doesn’t end until Oct. 22!) Wag `n Trail proceeds help provide shelter, medical care, behavior training, foster care and other services at the Buddy Center, which is the only full-service animal shelter serving Douglas County and plays a vital role in reuniting owners with lost pets and finding loving homes for adoptable cats, dogs and small mammals.