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October 26, 2010 > Successful event for HSSV

Successful event for HSSV

Submitted By Kelly Grant

Humane Society Silicon Valley's 8th annual "Walk 'n Wag" walk-a-thon was a tail-wagging success! More than 750 walkers and 350 dogs "got their wag on" at the October 2nd event held at HSSV's Animal Community Center in Milpitas. The event raised more than $135,000 for HSSV's homeless animals, programs and services - $10,000 more than their $125K goal!

Before heading off on their 10 a.m. walk, participants got a special chance to see why their financial support is so vital to saving and enhancing lives. Introduced by Mix 106.5's radio hosts, Bill and Marla, and HSSV's new CEO, Carol Novello, they met "Dino, the Bionic Wonder Dog" and his new adoptive parents, Tom Deemer and Susan Reischl. After three months of recuperative therapy in foster care from a $6,000 hip replacement surgery paid by HSSV, Dino was going to his new home.

After the walk, NBC Bay Area's Craig Herrera and his adopted Rhodesian Ridgeback, Cooper, invited crowd members to entertaining dog costume contests, raffle prizes, and tasty food offerings. Walgreens provided snacks and drinks with 100 percent of the proceeds going to HSSV, while Chipotle Mexican Grill offered tasty burritos and chips and salsa, with a percentage of their proceeds going back to the Animal Community Center. Event sponsors such as PETCO, PETCO Foundation, and Mix 106.5 got into the mix with fun pet product and entertainment giveaways, while others such as Associated Services and Parktown Veterinary Clinic gave complementary coffee and tea and pet first aid. KOFY TV was on hand too, video taping pet lovers and their dogs.

All in all, it was a fun HSSV event that brought people and pets together, and celebrated the human-animal bond.

For more information and event photos, go to: www.hssv.org <http://www.hssv.org>

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