Right: Cheryl Parker gives her cocker spaniel, Cooper, a hug after participating in the eighth annual Furry 5K Fun Run & Walk, held June 10 at Seward Park. Hundreds of dogs and their human companions converged on Seward Park for the event, which benefits orphaned and neglected animals.
Last year, the Furry 5K raised more than $100,000, with more than 2,700 runners and walkers, 1,500 dogs and one courageous cat taking part. Organizers hoped to raise more than $110,000 this year.
"Community support is critical to our efforts to rehabilitate sick and injured animals," says Don Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter. "As we celebrate our 35th anniversary this year, we are reversing a trend and saving more lives.
Last year the local shelter had more than twice as many adoptions than euthanasias.
Seattle's Help the Animals Fund was established in 1977 to provide critical veterinary care to sick, injured and abused animals. Animals are up for adoption seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter, call 206-386-PETS (7387) or visit the shelter's Web site at seattleanimalshelter.org.
The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W. in the Interbay neighborhood, one mile south of the Ballard Bridge.