Any time I have to describe myself, “animal lover” is within the first breath. I grew up in rural Colorado with lop-eared rabbits, dogs, cats and, courtesy of an uncle, horses. In fifth grade, I even rescued two science class rats from their fate as dinner for the class snake and named them Winona and Naomi, after The Judds. Shut up, you like it.
Drew and I discovered the Furry Scurry last year on the day it happened and I was so disappointed not to have participated. Denver’s Dumb Friends League1 puts on this walk every year in May to raise funds for homeless animals.
The Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry has become a tradition for many Denver area residents. The annual two-mile walk for animals takes place at Denver’s Washington Park on the first Saturday in May. As the Dumb Friends League’s largest annual fundraiser, more than 12,000 people and 5,000 dogs join us for the walk and raise funds for the homeless pets in our care.
Your registration and participation in the Furry Scurry helps care for more than 20,000 homeless pets that come into our shelters each year. Funds raised at this event allow the Dumb Friends League to provide medical care to sick or injured animals, provide behavior training that allows pets to be adopted more quickly, investigate cases of animal cruelty, and much more. Join us on May 2 to celebrate the wonderful pets in your life and to help those who are still waiting to find their forever family.
I run a meetup group for little doggies and Lauren, one of our members, suggested putting together a team to 1) raise the dollars 2) celebrate the fourth birthdays of her sibling Italian greyhounds, Gioia and Luca. She even brought yogurt cookies for the pups to nosh on close to the finish line. The birthday duo were looking fresh to death in their celebratory hats:
Our small team raised $600 and, though it’s only a two-mile walk officially, we clocked a little over five miles meandering around the route in Wash Park and the variety of different vendors. Here’s the happy crew, minus a handful of people we lost on the course in the sea of doggies:
As of this moment, the 2015 Furry Scurry has raised $672,749. If you’re having FOMO about missing the Furry Scurry yesterday, it’s always the right time to make a donation for animals in need. We will walk it again next year if you’d like to join our team! Special thanks to my dog-less BFF/cousin Ariana and Uncle Wayne for donating and walking with us.
Boris slept on the couch upside down like a rotisserie chicken for the remainder of the day. 5+ human miles = wiener dog marathon. You can follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter if you’re the kind of person that can resist adorable “adopt me!” photos. I’m certainly not.
1 Named in 1910. Forgive them, they do amazing work.