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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The sixth annual Walk Woof Wag raised thousands for the Chico and Paradise animal shelters.
At the walk held in October, they raised $20,000 with $16,000 going towards the Chico shelter and $4,000 to Paradise shelter.
One Walk Woof Wag member tells Action News Now the donations help provide for the animals, like her dog Austell.
“All medical funding comes from donations, so any surgery that’s needed for a dog like Austell, any medication, any specialized food, comes from donations," said organizer, Shelly Rogers. "So when we raise money, it goes directly to help the neediest animals in these communities."
Walk Woof Wag is a day to celebrate everything about dogs and is treated as a festival.
Its purpose is to raise funds for the Chico Animal Shelter Medical Fund, but in 2019 the fundraiser was able to raise money for the Paradise Animal Shelter Medical Fund as well.
“[Rudy] was chosen as the poster dog for Walk Woof Wag this year because each year we choose a dog to be our poster dog that has been helped by the funds raised by the year before and Rudy benefited from the medical funds that have been raised so he was chosen as this year’s representatives,” said founder Sarah Richardson.
Both Rogers and Richardson say the seventh annual walk will be taking place later this year on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The organization said they hope to achieve the same amount in 2020 donations.