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Runners raise money for local pups

Runners raise money for local pups

Runners raise money for local pups
October 22
14:18 2013

Kaylen Howard / Intern Writer

Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds hundreds of 10k and 5k runners and their canine companions warmed up for a race that could change the lives of many homeless animals all over Denton Texas.

The annual charity event Tails and Trails is coordinated by the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation. In addition to the 10k and 5k, there is a 1-mile pet walk for those who are not runners but still want to contribute.

In 2010, Tails and Trails began annually fundraising for the expansion of a new animal shelter. It had been four years since the start of Tails and Trails and as a result, DAS was able to build the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center, a brand new animal shelter located at 3717 N. Elm St.

McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center recently broke ground this fall and by June of 2014 the shelter should be completed.

Animal service supervisor Woodie Wilson said it goes to a good cause—to adoption subsidy and medical funds.

Many sponsors including Pepsi, Animal Welfare Society, Texas Woman’s University, Beau’s Bath House and Doggie Spa and more have taken time out to attend and support the yearly event.

The owner of Beau’s Bath House, Ginna Anthony, began her sponsorship with the hope of contributing to the well-being of the dogs.

“I adopted a dog after I retired, which turned into a business that got me more involved with the community,” Anthony said.

Theresa Pucker, owner of A Beautiful Place Therapy Spa, said dogs are more than just pets. Her dog, Neenia, is a working dog.

“She is actually my employee. I have Type 1 diabetes and she helps me keep that in control,” Pucker said. “I have had her for five years and she has kept me out of the ER for four.”

UNT graduate Erin Smith and her Dachshund Terrier Prince showed their support Saturday.

“I love dogs and I’ve owned dogs my whole life,” Smith said. “I think a lot of people mistreat their dogs and cats and I believe this is a great way to raise awareness.”

These two golden retrievers are diabetic service dogs. The older one is Ben, and the puppy is his son, Jr. Photo by Shelby Adelsen / Contributing Photographer

These two golden retrievers are diabetic service dogs. The older one is Ben, and the puppy is his son, Jr. Photo by Shelby Adelsen / Contributing Photographer

Dressed as deviled eggs, Theresa Tucker and her dog Nina are ready to participate in the costume contest that was held at the end of the event. Nina is a diabetic service dog. Photo by Shelby Adelsen / Contributing Photographer

Dressed as deviled eggs, Theresa Tucker and her dog Nina are ready to participate in the costume contest that was held at the end of the event. Nina is a diabetic service dog. Photo by Shelby Adelsen / Contributing Photographer

Allison Flannigan, Jessica Killion and their dogs Ziggy and Kaia are dressed in Wizard of Oz-themed costumes. They participated in the costume contest at the end of the running events. Photo by Shelby Adelsen / Contributing Photographer

Allison Flannigan, Jessica Killion and their dogs Ziggy and Kaia are dressed in Wizard of Oz-themed costumes. They participated in the costume contest at the end of the running events. Photo by Shelby Adelsen / Contributing Photographer

The Denton Animal Shelter held it’s annual Tails and Trails festival fundraiser on Saturday. Residents were encouraged to participate in various family and pet oriented activities at  the North Texas fair grounds. Feature photo by Shelby Adelsen / Contributing Photographer

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