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Walk brings out a crowd, on two legs or four

“All the animals get along, which is remarkable,” said Humane Society spokeswoman Laurie Brickley.

The largest animal shelter fundraiser in the country is set for May 2 in Golden Valley.

To register: Go to www. animalhumanesociety.org and click on "Walk for Animals."
Schedule: The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. May 2. Starting at 8 a.m., shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes to bring walkers and animals from parking lots.
Parking: www.animal humanesociety.org/walk/routeparking.
On May 2 the Animal Humane Society is expecting 7,000 people and more than 3,000 pets for its 35th annual Walk for Animals fundraiser in Golden Valley.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., the crowd will take a 5-mile walk from the Humane Society's Golden Valley campus at 845 Meadow Lane N. into Wirth Park. Participants may turn around at any point.
The walk is the largest animal fundraising event in the country, said Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the society. "There is a lot of space for everyone. It doesn't feel like a crowded event.''
Last year an alligator, rabbits, cats, potbelly pigs, a pony and ferrets joined the many dogs. "It's like a little peaceable kingdom. All the animals get along, which is remarkable,'' she said.
The goal is to raise more than $1 million for the 38,000 animals cared for each year at the society's animal support centers in Golden Valley, Buffalo, **** Rapids, St. Paul and Woodbury.
This year there will be just one walk for the metro area in Golden Valley and no walk in St. Paul's Como Park. "We have streamlined it to save our resources and put the resources toward the animals,'' Brickley said.
Walkers must register and can seek pledges either by going door-to-door or with a new online pledge form that can be e-mailed to friends and family members. The society hopes to bring in $500,000 from online pledges this year, Brickley said.
The Animal Humane Society is a private nonprofit group that is not part of the Humane Society of the United States, Brickley said. Besides the walk fundraiser, it receives money from donations, from adoption sales, from pet training and boarding, and other services.
The society accepts all dogs and cats surrendered by owners who no longer want them for any reason. "Last year we got two pigs due to a foreclosure on a farm,'' Brickley said.
A history of the animal is taken when it comes in and then it goes through a health examination and behavior test before it is put up for adoption. Very ill or aggressive animals are destroyed, Brickley said.
On any given day, the society has about 200 cats and 40 dogs up for adoption. The average stay for dogs is five days before they are adopted, and for cats the average stay is eight days, Brickley said.
"There is no term for an animal here. Once an animal reaches our adoption floor they stay here until they are adopted.''
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Woofer and Hoofer 2009 - Sat. May 2nd

Welcome to the Woofer and Hoofer 2009 Fundraising Challenge!

The Woofer and Hoofer walk is an important fundraiser for the Minnesota Valley Humane Society, which serves the animals in the Greater South Metro Area of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The shelter relies on donations from individuals and corporations to care for the many animals that are brought to the shelter, and it is folks like YOU who can help make a difference!

Gather your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else and ask them to sponsor you as a participant in the Woofer and Hoofer event! These pledges have an important impact on the animals we care for today and those who will come tomorrow.

Walk is 2.5 miles through the wooded area of Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. The park is located on County Road 11, two blocks north of County Road 42.

Walk will be held rain or shine. Remember to dress accordingly!


From Minneapolis take 35W South to County Road 42. From St. Paul, take 35E South to County Road 42. At County Road 42, turn left (East) and travel one mile to County Road 11. Turn left onto County Road 11 and travel north 2 blocks to the park entrance on your right.
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