Tapping into the passion people have for their pets, Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) and the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center once again hosted the DAWG Walk & Pet Faire Saturday on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Park. The event, which attracted about 1,000 people, raised $13,280 for homeless animals – about $2,000 more than last year’s event.
The park was blanketed with dogs of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes – many who had been adopted from the animal shelter. There were K9 Athletes in Action, pet contests and pet and wildlife exhibits. Early in the morning, folks enjoyed a walk with their pets along the Oso Creek Trail. The Pet Faire, which featured local businesses, animal rescues and booths, saw a steady stream of two and four-legged visitors.
Many pet owners enjoyed showing off the talents of their furry family members during the pet contests. Meatball, a sweet bulldog, enjoyed taking a dip in a pool that his owners won in a raffle Saturday. The dog was adopted from the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center about three years ago and received medical care from DAWG.
Volunteers Russ and Elpha Mandell raised $1,300 for the cause, taking the $500 grand prize for the largest amount raised. But the generous couple donated the prize money to DAWG, which is the nonprofit fund-raising arm of the pro-humane Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.
All proceeds will go directly toward providing medical care or aid to the homeless animals at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.