September 13, 2009
For immediate release
The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) held its most successful Wiggle Waggle Walkathon today in the Central Experimental Farm Arboretum. Over 1,500 participants and their companion animals took part in the 21st annual IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, and raised over $195,000 for the animals, surpassing the goal and bringing in $40,000 more than last year.
“We’re thrilled to have had our largest and most successful Walkathon ever,” said Bruce Roney, OHS Executive Director. “In addition to being a fun day, it’s also our most important fundraiser of the year and we count on its success to help us care for Ottawa’s animals.”
The IAMS Wiggle Waggle Walkathon is the largest event of its kind in Eastern Ontario. This year’s Honorary Chair was Chief Vern White of the Ottawa Police Service, who cut the starting line ribbon with Kika, an OHS dog currently available for adoption.
Perri Ross was this year’s top individual pledge collector, bringing in $4,100. The top team effort came from the law firms of Bowley Legal and Thomas & Winship and their team Border Colleagues, which raised $5,585. The top veterinary team was the Alta Vista/Bayview Animal Hot Pistols, which raised $15,000. All walkers could choose between 5km or 2km routes. Before and after the Walk, participants were entertained by a host of activities including various contests, demonstrations and exhibits.
All funds raised today will go toward supporting the many ongoing programs and activities at the OHS, including humane education, animal visits, dog walking, adoptions, and foster care. Some of the funds will also go towards the Emergency Animal Protection Services program, which rescues sick and injured animals in our community. Although legally mandated to enforce the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario SPCA Act, the OHS does not receive any government funding or any funding from any animal welfare group to perform this essential work.
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