Mackenzie Clark and Kalli, a three-legged dog rescued by the Brandon Humane Society, are pictured at Sunday’s Wag-a-Tail Walk-a-Thon at Kin Park. Clark has been attending the annual fundraising event for the past four years and with the help and support of family and friends, he raised $1,862 in pledges this year. (SUBMITTED)
Brandon Wheat Kings mascot Willie gets his “toenails” clipped by Kathy McKinnon, left, and Dr. Sandy Barclay of the Brandon Animal Clinic at the Brandon Humane Society’s 12th annual Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon on Sunday. The event featured a free barbecue and a visit by some Brandon Wheat Kings. (JAMES O’CONNOR/BRANDON SUN)
Brandon Humane Society’s biggest annual fundraiser celebrated its 12th year thanks to the community’s support, shelter manager Tracy Munn said.
"This is our way of giving back to the animals," she said. "A lot of shelters pay people to do their big events like this, but we do the event … we do it because we love the animals."
Sunday’s Wag-a-Tail Walk-a-Thon in Kin Park has raised nearly $40,000 so far and there are still more pledges coming in, Munn said.
"A lot of the pledge sheets come in about a week after so we might do better than last year, depends how good the pledges are that are coming up."
The event also raised more than $40,000 last year. Attendance has been steady, with about 150 to 200 people coming out to show their support each year, she added.
"I know we did at least as good if not better than last year which amazes me … good on all those amazing people who came," Munn said.
She said that every dime raised goes "100 per cent to the care of the animals," which includes covering the cost of veterinary bills, food and overall animal care.
"Everything goes to the shelter," she said.
Among those in attendance this year was nine-year-old Mackenzie Clark, who has raised more than $4,000 in pledges for the Humane Society over the past four years. This year alone he raised $1,863.
"I did most of it by myself but I also had a lot of help from my family and friends," he said.
Clark, who has two retrievers of his own, plans to volunteer at the Humane Society when he’s old enough.
"I love dogs and pretty much all animals," he said. "I just kind of feel really bad that the dogs at the Humane Society are just left there and the people didn’t want to take care of them so I want to raise as much money as I can so that they have a lot of food and hopefully people will come and pick some dogs up there so they'll have a home and a family."
Munn said the top three pledges who raise the most funds this year will be given prizes. If Clark wins the top spot, he’ll get to take home his very own flat-screen TV.
"Hopefully I can get my parents to let me put it in my bedroom," he said.
It’s participants like Clark and their sponsors who make the event a success every year, Munn said.
"I think we had an amazing turnout," she said. "We live in a great community."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 10, 2013