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Parker Paws, an organization that works to increase pet adoption and care for animals at the Parker County Animal Shelter, received a check for $11,838 as proceeds from the second annual “Hot Dog Trot” 5k run/walk held Aug. 14 at Hall Middle School in Weatherford.
Barbara Pursley, president of Parker Paws, received the check from the event’s sponsor, Wright Chiropractic Clinic in Weatherford.
“I am so excited how well-accepted this event has been since the inception, said Dr. Heather Wright. “As many people already know, I am a huge animal lover, and when I decided I wanted to hold a running event, Parker Paws was the first group I thought of to pair up with.
This year’s event had a 67 percent increase in the number of runners participating in the event compared to 2009, as well as boasting a significant increase in vendors, community attendees and offered contests.
“We want to make this bigger and better each year,” Wright said. “This isn’t just an event for runners. This year we had costume contests, wiener dog races, a classic car show, many booths, and doggie adoptions. Next year, we plan to do even more.”
Pursley said the funds would be used to purchase supplies for the shelter, conduct off-site adoption events, cover veterinary expenses, and offer low-cost spay/neuter options for residents of Parker County.