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Sunshine and clear skies greeted all of the runners and walkers and their eager dogs for the 16th Annual Dog Jog on April 27. This year’s Dog Jog, organized by the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, and the Mountain Canine Corps search and rescue team raised over $10,000 for Friends of the Shelter.
FOS is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abandoned animals and to pets and their owners in northern New Mexico. Our catastrophic care program pays for veterinary care for sick or injured animals that have no owners or whose owners cannot afford the treatment.
Our spay/neuter program provides grants to our partner organizations, including the Española Valley Humane Society and the McKinley County Animal Shelter so that they can provide low- or no-cost spay/neuter services to their clients.
We would like to thank our top sponsors this year, Los Alamos National Bank and Pet Pangaea, and our other major sponsors, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance and Lorraine Hartway CPA for making our event possible. We would also like to thank Plateau Property Management, Knecht’s Automotive, Proton Pawsitive Dog Training, Los Alamos Medical Center, Stewart Central Title, Sage Integrated Health, Arthur B. Montoya Jr., DDS and PupUp Wireless for their donations. Prizes were generously provided by Pet Pangaea, The Running Hub of Santa Fe, Los Alamos Fitness, Yours Truly Diana’s, Nancy Parker, Los Alamos Cooperative Market, Dixie Girl and Ruby K’s.
We are grateful to all the individuals and families who made a donation in order to have a dedication or memorial to friends or furry companions included on our T-shirt. And a special thank you to fifth grader Kristen Carrara who designed this year’s Dog Jog logo.
We would like to thank Drs. Bob and Susie Fuselier, DVM, of Animal Clinic of Los Alamos for doing the microchip implantations, Santa Fe Sports and Images for T-shirt design and printing, and Aspen Copies for providing services and supplies. We would also like to thank the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department for providing race safety and support.
Finally, we would like to thank everyone who participated in our 16th Annual Dog Jog. Thank you for running or walking, thanks for bringing friends, family, kids, and dogs. Special thanks to the walkers and runners who ‘rented’ a shelter dog and allowed them to participate in the fun; they had a blast. Thanks for joining in our post-race prize ceremony and thanks for supporting Friends of the Shelter and our efforts to make life better for our less fortunate animal friends. We hope to see you again next year!
Wendee Brunish and Pattie Baucom