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City Fundraising Dollars Save Animal Lives

Post Date:02/23/2017 5:29 PM
Runner w dog 
 Nearly 350 runners came out with their pups for the 1st
Annual Run for Rover 5K at McInnish Park in Carrollton
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 Lucky's life was saved through a combination of
 generous donations from the community and the hard
 work of City departments, and Dr. Stacie of course!

The City of Carrollton’s most recent successful event, the inaugural Run for Rover 5K, raised more than $4,300 for the Animal Services & Adoption Center significantly adding to a flow of funds for sick or injured animals that come into Carrollton’s care.

Generosity from the community provides a means of treatment for potential pets and allows them to be adopted more easily into forever homes. The success of Run for Rover which saw 340 humans and 187 dogs running through McInnish Sports Complex translated into not only fundraising dollars and monetary donations, but also hundreds of pounds of dog food, cat food, cat litter, and cleaning supplies. These items help offset the budget costs of the shelter as do volunteers and general involvement from citizens.

“We will never be funded to treat every sick or injured animal that comes in, but these donations help to support many of them,” Animal Services Manager Carl Shooter said.

One of those animals includes a recent canine overdose case. Lucky, a four-month-old Chihuahua mix, was left in a vehicle by his owner and was exposed to opiates in the form of heroin. With help from CPD, Carrollton Animal Services worked with Dr. Stacie Fowler of the North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic on Frankford Road in Carrollton to ensure the survival and recovery of the animal.

“It is hard to summarize what impact this funding has on our operation because it goes so much further than just the dollar amount,” Shooter said. “Not only are we helping sick animals, we are giving our staff purpose and pride in their chosen profession. These donations are now a huge part of our success and we are so appreciative of our partnerships throughout the City.”

Parks & Recreation Athletics Manager Kim Bybee organized the first year event that was held on Saturday, February 18. The 5K race began at the newly constructed McInnish Dog Park (2241 Sandy Lake Road) and routed through the adjacent sports complex.

“We are extremely proud of the turnout for this event and have heard nothing but positive feedback from many of the participants,” Bybee said. “This will definitely be an annual event for us and we have already begun brainstorming ideas for next year to make this event even bigger and more profitable for the Adoption Center.”

Upcoming fundraisers for the Animal Services Division include the 2018 Pet Photo Contest & Calendar as well as the Paws on the Square event in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway) scheduled for April 8. The day brings opportunities for adoptions, low cost vaccinations, pet owner education, shopping, free dog massages, a photo booth, and of course playtime on the Downtown Square.

For more information on donations, volunteering, or the Pet Photo Calendar, visit cityofcarrollton.com/animalservices. For more information on Paws on the Square, visit cityofcarrollton.com/downtown.

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