On Sept. 14, D’Arcy’s A.R.C. held its third annual Woof Walk, which raises funds for the not-for-profit animal shelter.
Despite the looming rain, just under 200 people and 125 dogs gathered at Kildonan Park.
"We had many walkers with dogs, but many people attended the walk without a pet. The event even drew people who were just visiting the park for the afternoon who were curious", said D’Arcy’s A.R.C. founder D’Arcy Johnston.
Despite the rain, people stayed at the event, making use of the canopies and pavilions.
Attendance included many family, business and office teams, as well as rescued dogs adopted from the shelter. One woman who attended the event and also volunteers at the shelter said this was her second year at Woof Walk. She’s passionate about the cause.
"I like that D’Arcy’s A.R.C. is a small organization because I like to support the little guy, so to speak," she said. "It’s inspirational what their shelter has done and accomplished. It’s always good to give back to a cause you support!"
It was a woof of a day, with 103 Virgin Radio’s Chrissy Troy acting as event host. Walkers and visitors enjoyed a Hot Dawg sale, vendors, and an energetic performance by a local dog training group called Wild Dogs of Winnipeg.
With $15,000 raised, which was slightly less than the previous year, Johnston was still very pleased by the support of the community.
The shelter had a successful weekend too, as 10 animals were adopted out in just two days.
Kildonan Park will be the location for 2014 Woof Walk.
"We choose to have the event at Kildonan Park because they are great to work with and the 2-km walk is easy for our supporters to do", Johnston said.
D’Arcy’s A.R.C. was founded by Johnston, a former animal health technician, in 2001. Its operations are focused on providing shelter, veterinary care, and adoption services for stray and abandoned cats and dogs in Winnipeg and surrounding area.
Since 2001, over 8,500 animals have found permanent homes through the A.R.C.
At any given time, there are over 150 animals awaiting adoption through its St. James location and foster homes.
To find out more about the shelter, visit their website at www.darcysarc.ca