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Letter to the Editor 6-8-18

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Thank you to community for Dog Jog success

Dear Editor,

Perfect weather and sunny skies greeted the runners and walkers and their eager dogs who enjoyed themselves thoroughly at the 21st Annual Los Alamos Dog Jog on April 28, 2018. This year’s Dog Jog, organized by the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, Mountain Canine Corps Search and Rescue and Pajarito K9 Search and Rescue raised $16,000 for Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals. 

Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals (FOSCA) is a nonprofit organization that provides funding to individuals and rescue groups to spay/neuter over 500 cats and dogs each year, significantly contributing to the effort to reduce the population of unwanted pets in New Mexico.  

We also help pet owners pay for veterinary expenses in cases of catastrophic illness or injury providing caring pet owners with an alternative to euthanasia for their pet. We are especially proud of our alliances with rescue groups in three northern New Mexico Pueblos and the Navajo Nation to reduce endemic pet overpopulation in those areas.

We would like to thank our major sponsors that made our event a huge success this year. Our top sponsors were Pet Pangaea, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital and Los Alamos National Bank.  Other major sponsors were Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Blue Window Bistro, and Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance.  

We would also like to thank New Mexico Bank and Trust, Los Alamos Pet Hotel and Day Care, Los Alamos Chiropractic, Arthur B. Montoya Jr., DDS and Rowley Farmhouse Ales for their donations. Prizes for participants were provided by Pet Pangaea, Los Alamos Fitness, Yours Truly Diana’s, Los Alamos Coop Market, and the Running Hub.  

We would also like to thank Pet Pangaea for providing prizes for all canine participants as well as for our very special senior dogs. Festive bandanas for all rescued dogs that came to play were donated by Pajarito K9 Search and Rescue. 

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 Aspen sixth-grader Delaney Ulrich who designed this year’s Dog Jog logo.

We would like to thank the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos for providing on-call vet services; Los Alamos Fire Brigade for providing onsite first aid services; Santa Fe Sports and Images for t-shirt design and printing; and Aspen Copies for providing discount services and supplies. 

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who participated in our 21st Annual Dog Jog.  Thank you for running or walking, thanks for bringing friends, family, kids, and dogs out to enjoy the fun.  

Thanks for joining in our post-race prize ceremony and thanks for supporting Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals and our efforts to make life better for our less fortunate animal friends. 

Wendee Brunish
Chair, Los Alamos Dog Jog 2018