It was a dog day afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park as pups and their people came together on a 90 degree day to raise funds for the Humane Society of Chittenden County. PHOTOS: Julie C. Richards Photography

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Thursday June 15, 2017

Sunny skies set the scene for over one hundred 4-legged friends and their humans at the 23rd Annual Walk for the Animals & 5K Doggie Fun Run Sunday, June 11. The Humane Society of Chittenden County (HSCC) hosted their annual walk at Veteran’s Memorial Park in South Burlington, a new location this year, and the event was a huge success.

With the support of many devoted businesses and community members, HSCC’s event raised over $99,000, surpassing their ambitious fundraising goal of $86,000. Every penny raised will directly support HSCC’s mission and the 1,000 animals they will care for this year.

The top fundraisers in various categories were awarded generous prizes, including two round trip JetBlue Tickets to anywhere in the continental US, and hand-made stained glass trophies created just for this event. The top fundraiser was Kim Kropf of Shelburne, with $5,155, the top youth fundraiser was Sonia Nussbaum, with $3,521. General Dynamics took the top corporate challenge team fundraiser award with $4,400, and the top team fundraisers award went to Team Poomerangdy, made up of 3 HSCC staff members: Cindy Davis, Jen Cypress and Pie Wichmann, with a donation of $3,815.

HSCC’s Director of Development & Communications, Kylie deGroot says, “We were overwhelmed by the generosity and participation from our community! This event would not be possible without the support from our wonderful sponsors, NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, Pomerleau Real Estate, Local 22 / 44, Burlington Subaru,, Hanson & Doremus, and so many more! With over 100 dogs and 300 participants, at our beautiful new location in South Burlington, we couldn’t be happier with how the event ran! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers, runners, walkers, fundraisers, sponsors and donors… it takes a village!”  

HSCC is a private and independent not-for-profit organization. Their mission is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent animal suffering through sheltering homeless and unwanted pets; timely efforts to place each animal in a responsible and caring home; animal cruelty investigation; feral cat colony management; and humane education.