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Dogs with curly tails, cute smiles get awards at annual Stray Dog Strut

POSTED: April 25, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Scott Rogers/The Times

A curious pooch takes a walk with its owner and dozens of others during the Stray Pet Strut for the Hall County Humane Society Sunday afternoon at Lake Lanier Islands.

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More than 150 pooches strutted their stuff Sunday afternoon for The Humane Society of Hall County’s 17th annual Stray Dog Strut.

Held at Lake Lanier Islands, the event benefited abandoned or needy animals and included a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run for dogs and owners.

Registration for the fun run and 5K run was $25 per event, and all of the money was donated to the Humane Society of Hall County.

Gwen Trimmer, community resource director for the Humane Society of Hall County, began planning the event in December 2007.

"This is to help raise awareness of the plight of pet overpopulation, stray and unwanted pets, the need to spay or neuter and the need to find homes for and take care of companion pets," Trimmer said.

A dog contest also was held, with prizes awarded in three categories: curliest tail, cutest smile, cutest waddle, looks the most like the owner and best in show.

The judges of the dog contest were students from Gainesville State College who volunteered at the event as a community service project for a communications class. The students all said that they were glad to support the good cause.

"When you think of the amount of dogs that are euthanized because they don’t have homes, it puts things in perspective," said Nicki Pinnell, a student at GSC and receptionist at the Braselton Animal Hospital.

Vendors included Riley’s Fund, Puppy Adept Inc, CitruSolution and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia.

The Humane Society sold raffle tickets for admission to places including the Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dahlonega and the Tennessee Aquarium.

The Stray Dog Strut is the Hall County Humane Society’s second largest fund-raiser. Teresa Duncan, volunteer for the Humane Society and creator of the event, deemed it a success.

"A variety of people came out. It’s good for the community," she said.

According to Rick Aiken, executive director for the Humane Society of Hall County, the Humane Society rescues 1,300 animals a year.

It is also the only animal shelter that has a full-time spay and neuter service offered at a reduced price.

To contribute to the Humane Society of Hall County, call 770-532-6617.



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