Cause for Paws 5K raises money for Humane Society of Douglas County

Dozens of dogs and their owners raised money for the Humane Society of Douglas County during the 22nd annual “Cause for the Paws” 5K along Superior’s Osaugie Trail Saturday.

This comes at a time when humane societies—like many non-profits have been hit hard by the pandemic. For this reason, organizers said raising money for the pets this year has taken on a new meaning.

“All of the funds go to vaccinations, spaying/neutering, dental work, any other medical care the animals need and then of course feeding them,” Cheri Fitch, Fundraising & Events Coordinator for the humane society said.

Each year, the Humane Society of Douglas County provides shelter, medical care and adoption services to approximately 1,000 abandoned, lost and misplaced animals.

On Saturday, community members raised money for the animals – many with their own animals leading the way.

“They loved it! They were on a roll they entire time. They were head strong going forward,” Brianna Peterson, a participant said about her dogs. “We’re animal lovers and it’s always a nice thing to contribute to a nice cause when you have a huge heart for animals.”

In addition to the in-person 5K, there was a virtual 5K–a sign of the times that suggests old dogs can learn new tricks.

“I hope it brings more awareness for shelter dogs and cats and let people know that when you give your money, you’re giving it to dogs like these,” Keri Lewis, another participant said about the event.

The goal was to raise upwards of $30,000 Saturday to help support the humane society’s operations. Participants said they believed in the cause.

“I have two dogs from shelters myself and so it’s a great cause and I like to donate to things like that,” Lewis said.

The Humane Society of Douglas County will release the dollar amount that they raised on Saturday once all of the money has been counted.

Emily Ness
Updated: September 19, 2020 10:57 PM