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Many thanks for success

The 19th annual "Cause for the Paws" 5K walk/run was held Sept. 9, and 105 participants enjoyed a beautiful day to walk/run and 60 pooches were paraded on the Osaugie Trail for a worthwhile cause. Proceeds will provide food, shelter and medical care for the animals at the Superior Animal Shelter cared for by the Humane Society of Douglas County.

The annual raffle was held at the end of the event. Irene Peterson was the winner of the grand prize, a $500 gift certificate at Campbell’s Do-It Center. Congratulations to child pledge winners Annabelle and Gabrielle Saari, and adult pledge winner Denise Volzer. Each received a prize package for her outstanding efforts. A total of almost $12,000 was raised for the animals.

The humane society is grateful for the continued generosity of local businesses and individuals who donated a variety of raffle prizes, those who volunteered and our participant supporters and their canines who are invaluable to this event. Our major sponsor, Superior Animal Hospital and Boarding Suites, and Jean Kioski, race coordinator, are appreciated to the nth degree. A heartfelt thanks goes out to Jean for synchronizing this fundraiser and making sure that all was in order from beginning to end.

Kudos to the major sponsors listed on the back of this year’s T-shirts and sweatshirts made by On the Limit. They include Dan’s Feed Bin, Choo Choo Bar and Grill, Vintage Italian Pizza, Silverwood Pet Care, Superior Animal Hospital and Boarding Suites, The Hammond, Hair by Carrie, United Health Group, Smooch a Pooch, Mertz-Rookey Insurance Agency, Culver’s, Johnny’s Auto Body, Points North Consulting, Rascal’s Professional Pet Grooming and Animal Affair. We look forward to the 20th anniversary of the Cause for the Paws in September 2018.

Mike Dodge of Dodgie’s East End Tavern also deserves recognition for once again holding "Buddyfest" for his dog’s birthday on Aug. 27 with all proceeds going to the humane society. Thanks to all humans and canines who attended this year’s celebration to support his furry friends.

Sandy D. Breitzmann,

Humane Society of

Douglas County volunteer