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Autumn Fundraising Events for Homeless Pets
Walk with your pup and raise money for a good cause.
Ella lights up the night with her glowing leash at the Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl.

Last weekend, I participated in the first annual Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl to raise money for three animal shelters across the country. 

We all received Lulu light-up leashes for our pups, waited until sundown and walked over the bridge, lighting up the night to bring awareness to homeless animals. It was a fun way to meet other dog lovers, hang out with our pets and benefit a good cause.

It turns out that September and October is a popular time for rescue groups to organize fundraising dog walks. Courses range from less than one mile to more than six miles, although most are around two miles. 

Besides the walking part, many of these events have all sorts of fun activities like agility demos, doggy massages, costume contests, live music, animal psychics, face painting and more.

Here is a sampling of events that I found online (I’ll be at the Hounds on the Sound event to benefit the New Rochelle Humane Society!).

Saturday, October 3rd

Sunday, October 4th

Saturday, October 10th

Sunday, October 11th

Dog walks have become so popular that some "human" organizations are inviting dogs to their events. AIDS Walk Wisconsin on October 10th welcomes dogs who will have their own registration area. Four-legged participants will receive treats in exchange for their pledge forms. And the Hadley School for the Blind is putting on Hounds for Hadley Dog Walk on October 24th in Winnetka, Ill. 


Who can resist a day with the pups for a good cause?

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by @CallToDoody | September 29 2009 |

Another annual fundraising event worth mention is @PetFest held in Old Town Spring, TX, Oct 24-25. All monies go to rescue groups.

Submitted by bullymom | October 1 2009 |

So glad to see the Bark in the Park event listed on here for 10.11. It should be a lot of fun-right across from the Statue of Liberty, Cirque Du Soleil will kick off the event..they have a pit bull parade, a pumpking weight pull, free microchipping and a lot of great vendors..hope to see you there!

Submitted by Ann Cluck | August 31 2013 |

How would someone go about getting a big fundraiser like that going in their town? Thanks for any information you can provide. Lady Girl says arwhoooo :)

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