Whisker fun day benefits animal shelter
Rockland — Walkers and runners of the two- and four-legged type were on hand at Harbor Park in Rockland Sept. 14 for the annual Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K to benefit Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County.
The fun-filled day raised more than $12,000 and heightened awareness of the more than 1,500 animals Pope Memorial cares for each year.
"It was a very good day," said Tracy Sala, director of the Humane Society.
The annual fun day is the most highly-attended event the animal shelter holds, and this year was the first year of adding a 5K road race to it — with more than 100 walkers/runners supporting the fundraiser.
Following the 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk, supporters of the local animal shelter enjoyed mingling amongst fellow dog owners and their furry friends. Also on hand were several vendors, informational booths and crafters, an agility course, micro-chipping, Doggy Day Spa, raffles and fun pet contests.
There was something for everyone including live music by Rusty Hinges, games, face painting, a bubble station and more.
For information or to make a donation to Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, please call 594-2200.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
594-4401 ext. 125
Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.