Whisker fun day benefits animal shelter

By Beth A. Birmingham | Sep 16, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Dogs and their owners participate in the 5K walk as part of the annual Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K Sept. 14.

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 bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

WCSH 6 reporter Don Carrigan starts the runners off in the 5K portion of the Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K at Harbor Park in Rockland Sept. 14. Proceeds benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. This was the first year a 5K was added to the event. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Fuji makes his way through the agility tunnel to meet owner Monica Curtis during activities at Harbor Park Sept. 14. The annual Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K was sponsored by Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Chloe Dawson, 9, of Rockland and her adopted shelter friend Missy pose during events at Harbor Park Sept. 14. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Renny gets a free kiss from George at his kissing booth in Harbor Park Sept. 14. Dogs of all shapes and sizes were on hand to support Pope Memorial Human Society's Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K. Renny is up for adoption. George is an alumnae. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Olivia Dougherty, 10 of Rockland and her dog Baker finish the one mile walk as part of the annual Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K Sept. 14. The day full of events benefitted the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Getting their paws wet with paint are just a few of the four-legged friends of Pope Memorial Humane Society that participated in the annual Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K at Harbor Park in Rockland Sept. 14. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Gone to the dogs are Deborah Kirkpatrick and James Blake of Warren. The couple have adopted four dogs from Pope Memorial Humane Society and added two others to the mix. The family was on hand Sept. 14 to support the fundraiser at Harbor Park in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Panda is dressed for the occasion at Harbor Park in Rockland Sept. 14. The four-legged friend was there in support of the Pope Memorial Humane Society's Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Murchadh "Mo" and Iski relax during the Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K Sept. 14 in Harbor Park. They are two of several therapy dogs that were on hand to support their other four-legged friends from Pope Memorial Humane Society. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Shawna Elwell of South Thomaston and her 11-year-old Boston Terrier Newton roam around Harbor Park during the Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K Sept. 14. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Cooling off at the Whisker walk Sept. 14 is Mitzi of Waldoboro. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Covered in face paint, 11-year-old Nicholas Demarchi of Rockland took in the events Sept. 14 at the Whisker Family Fun Day in Harbor Park. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Giving their two cents worth at the Whisker Family Fun Day are Buffy and Jody, brother and sister belonging to Deborah Kirkpatrick and James Blake of Warren. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Behind the scenes (bubble) at the Whisker Walk Family Fun Day is Toby Mergendahl of Thomaston. His mother Tracy Sala is the executive director of Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County who sponsored the annual event. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Cynthia Wallace | Sep 18, 2013 12:54

I really enjoyed my very first 5K walk and LOVED  that it helped this great organization that introduced me to my Bella!



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Beth Birmingham
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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.

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