The participants of the 2016 Serenity Pet Shelter’s Dog Jog.

The participants of the 2016 Serenity Pet Shelter’s Dog Jog.

Serenity Dog jog a success despite economy and weather

Serenity Pet Shelter recently held their annual Dog Jog on Saturday, August 27 to support animals in need

  • Sep. 1, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Serenity Pet Shelter recently held their annual Dog Jog on Saturday, August 27. Dog owners, volunteers and rescue pups gathered outside the old Smuggler’s Inn to help raise funds for the rescue pets by taking pledges from the community and then walking in a fun walk along the lake’s shore.

Melanie Crehan, organizer of the Dog Jog, was happy with the day’s events despite some uncontrollable factors.

“The weather has not cooperated with us very much at all,” Crehan said. “But, it’s all about having fun and gaining exposure so we are happy. It has been very slow this year altogether. It is likely mostly to do with the downturn in the economy.”

She added that everyone who did come to the event seemed to be having fun and were happy. The money raised went towards helping animals like Bella, who according to Crehan, required over $10,000 of healthcare after being found on a highway near Rocky Mountain House.

Bella was present at the jog with her tail wagging and a smile on her face, despite having a noticeable limp from her injuries.

Crehan said that the Dog Jog will continue next year. She hopes by advertising and marketing earlier in the year they will be able to have more pledges and participants. Crehan was grateful for all of the support Serenity Pet Shelter has received from Central Alberta.

“Thanks to everyone in Sylvan Lake for supporting us. We are in the market on Fridays, where we will gladly take donations and gladly take volunteers,” she said.

For more information on Serenity Pet Shelter visit their Facebook page: Sylvan Lake and Area Serenity Pet Shelters Society or contact Crehan at (403) 505-2925.

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