The Wake County Walk n Wag event on Sunday, November 6th was a huge success for the American...
The Wake County Walk n Wag event on Sunday, November 6th was a huge success for the American Cancer Society and the AKC. With 65 degrees and abundant sunshine, 350 participants and their sponsors raised $18,350 for the local ACS chapter. The event was attended by throngs of visitors and their dogs who joined the participants on the walk and for a day of fun and activities.
Team AKC with 23 members raised $1665 in total – the largest amount of any team at the event and almost 10% of the total dollars raised that day!
The overall funds raised in this third year of the event more than doubled last year’s total donations.
The AKC Canine Partners team volunteered to staff the event and provided demonstrations of Agility, AKC Rally, and flyball. Dog owners could even try some of these activities with their dog by participating in My Dog Can Do That! – individual dog owners and a trainer enter the ring to try hurdles, weaves, and tunnels to experience the fun of competition! Visitors then had the opportunity to enroll their dogs in the AKC Canine Partners program, purchase AKC accessories, learn about the Canine Health Foundation’s contributions to cancer research, and more. Outside vendors sold food and dog-related products with a percentage of sales donated to the American Cancer Society.
AKC staff and family members, the Cary Kennel Club, the Raleigh-Durham Labrador Retriever Club and local AKC exhibitors provided the manpower (and dog power) behind the demonstrations of Agility, AKC Rally, Canine Freestyle and flyball, provided CGC evaluations, and helped execute the hugely popular My Dog Can Do That! attraction – a chance to try out Agility and/or AKC Rally with the help of a trainer. Over 200 dog owners and their dogs tried out the sports and over 40 dogs received free CGC evaluations. Thanks to the special relationship that AKC Canine Partners shares with Wake County Animal Services 194 pets received rabies vaccinations and 73 received microchips on site.