Hundreds of two-legged runners accompanied by their four-legged companions participated in the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Furry 5k at Seward Park on Sunday.
All proceeds directly support the Shelter's "Help the Animals Fund,” which was was created in 1977 to pay for life-saving veterinary care for sick, injured and abused animals at the Shelter.
The Shelter says Many of these animals would have otherwise been euthanized. As the Shelter's veterinary needs grew, volunteers started the Furry 5K in 1999 to raise money for the Fund and to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership. Last year, the Fund covered nearly $160,000 in veterinary bills.
"Because of the Furry 5K, we have been able to provide veterinary care to thousands of orphaned animals and have been able to guarantee that all adoptable animals will find loving new homes," said Shelter Director Don Jordan.
The Seattle Animal Shelter cares for approximately 5,000 stray and owner-surrendered animals each year. Many of these animals arrive sick and injured from living on the streets; others are seized from abusive or neglectful owners.
The Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave. W., about a mile south of the Ballard Bridge. It is open Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information call (206)386-7387, or visit the Web site at www.seattleanimalshelter.org