The first annual Pup Crawl was held this weekend in New York. Over 400 dogs of all shapes and sizes gathered for the event to raise money and collect supplies. An estimated 1 million homeless pets have or will soon have lost their homes due to foreclosure. The Brooklyn Bridge was aglow with illuminated dog leashes in celebration of this fundraising event.
Details from the Press Release:
The down economy has hit animal shelters twice as hard,” said Howard Wu, Kennel Supervisor for the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC), a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue shelter in New York City and one beneficiary of The Pup Crawl. “There is an increase in the number of animals being abandoned because people can’t afford to care for them any longer and, at the same time, we are seeing a sharp decline in donations. We’re caring for more animals with fewer funds.”The Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl was inspired by a nighttime newscast that alerted some concerned New Yorkers about the devastating impact of the economic crisis on pets.
“Our goal is to help feed as many pets as possible in animal shelters across the country,” said Joseph Hassan, one organizer of The Pup Crawl. “Twenty dollars is enough to feed one shelter pet for an entire month.”
Mr. Hassan and his friends reached out to sympathetic businesses like Iams to provide pet food. Another partner, The LuLu Leash, donated the first-ever illuminated dog leash to highlight the nighttime dog walk, the cause and to help keep participants safe. And innovative music cooperative East Village Radio offered to start spreading the word over its airwaves.
Proceeds from this event will go to Pup Crawl partner shelters in Florida and California, making this event a real coast-to-coast effort to save the lifes of homeless animals. Organizers of this event encourage people across the country to donate to local animal shelters.
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