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Going the Distance
The first time the Animal Protection Society of Durham held a walk fundraiser was in 1973. Almost 50 years later, APS still holds an annual Walk for the Animals to raise funds for the shelter and the services it provides. Volunteers and hundreds of attendees (pets included) typically join together in a 1.5-mile walk around Duke’s East Campus. This year, APS moved the event online, along with its traditional pet contests, which name winners for best kisser, best trick, best dressed, etc. Participants were invited to collectively record and post their individual walks on social media on May 23. Even as they stayed apart, the animal lovers in our community came together to help APS exceed its goal, raising more than $71,200 that will go directly toward medical care and foster supplies for Durham animals in need as well as the shelter’s new community pet pantry, which provides pet food for those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
1 Melinda Hester of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, APS Development Director Darlene Fiscus, APS Events and Communications Manager Molly Vaughan, Dawn Drake as Spot-E-Bull, Barrion Thorpe, APS Behavior Manager Julie Handy and APS Executive Director Shafonda Davis. 2 Sarah Smith-Brady and William Brady on their walk with pup Thor.
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