Saturday was the 24th annual Pet Walk organized by the Paws and Claws Humane Society. The event not only let dog lovers spend some quality time with their four-legged friends, but it was a great way to help animals in need.
The Pet Walk is the Paws and Claws Humane Society's Second Largest fundraiser of the year. People bring pledges for the walk and funds go to any needs of the shelter. Sponsors also come out with donations. Every year, some of their dogs that are up for adoption come out. Rochester is a supportive community. Paws and Claws thanks volunteers that help the shelter run day in and day out.
"Rochester is super supportive of Paws and Claws and like all the surrounding communities," says Pet Walk Co-Chair Molly Gerden, "They're really strong believers in the no-kill shelter and everything that we do, so there's always volunteers coming out or people wanting to help or people just showing up just early today saying, 'I know registration's at nine, but I'd love to help out. Put me to work. What can I do?' And I think it's just something that they're so supportive of that when we have turnouts like this, our shelter is only going to continue to grow."
Newscenter's Jess Abrahamson and Ted Schmidt led the way through Cooke Park on Saturday as dog owners led their pets on the walk. Paws and Claws gets no funding from government, so they say support from the Rochester community is their bread and butter.