Dogs, owners pound the pavement for homeless animals
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Sunday News Correspondent | June 22. 2013 11:02PM
Alex and Dorian Wonderlick of Vermont walk their Italian Greyhounds, Mariah, Sadie, Annabel and Patty Cake, during the 25th annual Monadnock Humane Society Walk for Animals in Swanzey on Saturday morning. One of the dogs rode in the stroller. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
Though the weather was hot and muggy, kiddie pools full of cool water for the dogs in were located at water stations along the 3-mile route.
Renee Legault of Keene brought her children and the family's dog, a Chihuahua/dachshund mix named Sydney, who had been close to being euthanized when the family rescued it from a shelter in South Carolina.
The society is a private, nonprofit organization based in Swanzey that's funded by the community and serves 44 towns in the region.
About 6 million animals are euthanized nationwide each year, but about half of them are adoptable, said Michelle Thevenin, executive director of Monadnock Humane Society.
Saturday afternoon, the society was expecting a shipment of eight dogs from a shelter in Texas.
Early and online registrations, donations and sponsorships topped $20,000 Saturday morning, Thevenin said. The goal for the day, she said, was $30,000.
This is the first year the event was held at the airport, and it was a great success with a lot of support from the city of Keene, the town of Swanzey and airport officials, Thevenin said.