Crowds fill Pleasanton park for animal welfare festival
4-hour-long Paws in the Park event funds shelter, services
More than 1,000 animal lovers filled Amador Valley Community Park on Sunday, Sept. 23, for the Valley Humane Society's second annual pledge-driven dog walk and festival today to raise money to support animal shelter and community services.
The Pleasanton Weekly was a sponsor of the event.
Companies or groups of friends formed "dog packs" to fundraise together and walk as a team, with entry fees and donations far exceeding the society's $12,000 goal.
As a thank you, the dog pack that raised the most money was rewarded with a private Yappy Hour, sponsored by Main Street Meat and Fish.
The festival featured activities for dogs and their friends, including canine demos such as Flyball, Nosework, Rally Obedience, Disc/Frisbee and Performing Dogs; a costume contest and a talent contest.
Gourmet food trucks, pet-themed vendors, fun for the kids, and educational clinics added to the variety of options available to two-legged participants with cooling-off pools available to their four-legged friends.
Valley Humane Society is located at 3670 Nevada St. in Pleasanton. For more information about its activities and programs, call 426-8656 or visit www.valleyhumane.org.