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Stray Pet Strut shows off pets for adoption, benefits humane society
Tracy Parker of Lawrenceville ties a handkerchief around Roxy, a 7-month-old pug and beagle mix, before running in the 5K as part of the 18th Annual Stray Dog Strut, held by the Humane Society of Hall County on Sunday at Lake Lanier Islands. - photo by The Times

Dogs and their families from across Hall County descended on Lake Lanier Islands on Sunday afternoon for the 18th annual Stray Pet Strut.

The event benefits the Humane Society of Hall County and was held at Presentation Point in Lake Lanier Islands. The afternoon event featured many different vendors, a dog show, a one mile fun walk and 5K run.

The dog show started off the day with awards and prize packages going out to the winners in categories such as "curliest tail" and "cutest smile." Some of the dogs available for adoption at the humane society were part of the dog show.

"The nice thing is that our volunteers have brought out some of our large dogs that are out for adoption," said Gwen Trimmer, the humane society’s community resource director. There are several dogs at the humane society in Gainesville that need homes and are up for adoption.

Lena Turner of Lula said she feels that families who would like a dog should adopt one from the Humane Society.

"There are so many dogs at the humane society," said Turner.

Turner brought her dog, Bailey, to participate in the fun walk, which was open to owners and their pets.

Bailey is Turner’s only dog, but she has several cats.

"This is my first dog in 15 years," said Turner. "He loves cats. I’m starting to get him socialized with other dogs and humans."

Turner is an American Red Cross Pet First Aid instructor and helps teach the Cat Behavioral Class at the humane society. She also has done presentations on pet CPR.

Dillon Ramos and his wife, Carmen, both of Flowery Branch, brought their two dogs to participate in the dog show and the fun walk.

"We just thought it would be for a good cause," said Ramos. "We have three dogs and three cats. We like animals."

This was their first time participating in the Stray Pet Strut. Ramos enjoyed his dogs "interacting with the other dogs."

Patty Stanton of Hoschton, a Humane Society volunteer, also brought her dog, Lucy, to participate in the fun walk.

"I like to get Lucy out," she said. "I have participated in the past. It supports the Humane Society."

She had participated in the event in the past when it was at Riverside and was looking forward to seeing the dog show.

"I like to see the little competitions," said Stanton. "They keep it regular. I like that. It will be cute to see the cutest smile."

While the afternoon’s one mile fun walk included dogs, the 5K run was for owners only, no pooches allowed.

There also were several vendors set up during the event selling items such as grooming products and bakery treats for pets. Gainesville Motor Sports, which will be holding the "Rides for Paws" fundraiser on July 25, was among the vendors. A motorcycle will be given away during that event, and $25 raffle tickets are available from the Humane Society or Gainesville Motor Sports.

"We hope people will buy a ticket and win a motorcycle," Trimmer said. "We hope they will come out and enjoy the ride."

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