Greenhill Humane Society sees record turnout for Bark in the Park fundraiser
EUGENE, Ore. – Twenty-four seems to be Greenhill Humane Society's lucky number.
Their 24th annual Bark in The Park fundraiser saw the largest attendance and most money raised of any past Bark in the Park event.
More than 1,000 people showed up to the park with their pets.
They participated in a 10k and 5k run, and a 2k walk.
All of the proceeds will go to help local homeless and neglected animals at Greenhill and First Avenue Shelter.
“We use that money to provide safe shelter, healthy food, medical care, behavior training, and ultimately adoption services for over three-thousand animals each year,” said Sasha Elliott, community engagement manager at Greenhill Humane Society.
Besides the walks and runs, the event included vendors, pet-related businesses, agility demonstrations, and contests.
One participant said she showed up to support Greenhill because she recently adopted a cat from them.
The cat is a new pal for her little dog, Benjie.
“He goes into homes for old people as a therapy dog sometimes, and he's just amazing. He really is. He's so smart!” said Eugene resident Carolyn Beall.
Greenhill’s goal was to raise $100,000.
By the end of the event they were at about $97,000.
You can still contribute online at the Greenhill Humane Society website.
They will keep the Bark in The Park website open for donations over the next few days.