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Walk raises $530K for Humane Society

By Jennifer Shapiro-Sacks, Sun-Sentinel

958 days ago   Article ID# 1548835
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Humane Society of Broward County

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (Sun-Sentinel) - Jamie Stiles grew up on a farm and has always loved animals.

Stiles, the pack leader, and her Stilish Paws team recently helped raise almost $60,000 for the Humane Society of Broward County's 22nd Annual Walk for the Animals at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale. Stilish Paws was the top fundraising team for the second year in a row.

"I'm thrilled," Stiles said. "The competition part is exciting, but it feels good because we raised a lot of money, and our goal is to help the animals in the shelter. My goal is to save those little lives out there."

Altogether, the walk raised $530,260 and drew about 4,000 people, said Cherie Wachter, spokeswoman for the Broward Humane Society.

"It's a great way to spend the day, and it's inspiring to see so many people who are passionate about a cause I'm passionate about. It's a fantastic event for people who have dogs or not," said Jennifer Kennedy, co-chairwoman of the walk.

Kennedy got involved with the Humane Society more than 10 years ago through a friend who was on the board of directors. Today, Kennedy is on the board.

"Every time I participate in any Humane Society event, I'm impressed by the dedication and quality of the people who work at the shelter and in a volunteer capacity. It's a wonderful organization made up of caring, dedicated and passionate people," Kennedy said.

The walk is the group's largest fundraiser, Wachter said.

"As a nonprofit organization that offers so many programs and services for the animals and the community, the walk is just one way for the shelter to raise funds, so we can continue to help animals and people," she said.

Money raised from the walk will go toward the overall operating budget for services such as animal care, medication, building maintenance, veterinary expenses and more, Wachter said.

Wachter said the Broward Humane Society placed 9,881 animals into homes last year, and they did 20,963 spay/neuter surgeries.

Because the shelter receives no government funding, it relies heavily on fundraisers and its 500 volunteers, who help as adoption counselors, dog walkers and bathers, kennel and cattery guides and more, Wachter said.

"If we did not receive donations, we would not be able to keep our doors open," she said.

The Humane Society of Broward County's upcoming fundraisers are the Doggie Ball 2012 on April 21 and Moonlight and Martinis on May 31.

For more information, visit http://www.humanebroward.com or call 954-266-6827.

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Updated 958 days ago   Article ID# 1548835

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