Fitzgerald Park hosts twentieth annual Walk for the Animals event

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By Hillary Jordan
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

GRAND LEDGE – Despite rainy weather, Lansing area residents, accompanied by furry friends, made their way to Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge for the Capital Area Humane Society’s annual Walk for the Animals fundraising event.

Fitzgerald Park is located in Grand Ledge, off of East Jefferson Street.

From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, people and their pets participated in a 5K walk/run to generate awareness for the animals of the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS).

CAHS Program Manager Stasi Bates handles media coverage of the event and participates as an active volunteer.

CAHS houses 250 to 300 animals at any given time, not including the animals currently being fostered by local families, Bates said. The Walk for the Animals aims to provide shelter and care for these homeless animals.

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The funds go directly to the animals, enabling CAHS to purchase essentials like food, toys, blankets and any other items that might help keep the animals happy and healthy.

As of Oct. 5, CAHS raised $51,884 from 732 donors. Walk for the Animals raised $80,000 in 2011, so the goal for 2012 was $90,000.

“We’re still figuring out the final numbers,” Bates said, “but we’re very optimistic about reaching our goal.”

Many of the 732 donors reported on the Walk for the Animals donation page are team leaders, like Humane Education Coordinator Lindsay Sandusky, who leads the CHAT (Children for Humane Animal Treatment) Pack team.

“I find that children are usually the most eager to participate,” Sandusky said in an email interview. “It’s a great feeling to be getting them involved in real issues at an early age.”

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Aside from the walk, there were other activities included in the event: an obstacle course for dogs, contests for the kids, police dog demonstrations and more.

When asked why Grand Ledge is chosen as the host city every year, Stasi Bates said, “They’ve always been very good about providing Fitzgerald Park for us, and we are always hoping to stay involved with our surrounding communities.”

CAHS hopes to have the results of the 2012 Walk for the Animals posted by Monday, Oct. 15.

For more information on animal adoption and events in the Lansing Area, visit the Capital Area Humane Society website.

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