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30th annual event raises $645,000 so local group can find homes for thousands of pets this year.

COURTESY PHOTO - More than 3,000 dogs and their human companions gathered Saturday, May 13, for the 30th annual Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash. The soggy event raised about $645,000 toward the group's fundraising goal.Soggy doggies raced to raise about $645,000 for the Oregon Humane Society during Saturday's 30th annual Doggie Dash.

About 3,610 dogs and their human companions attended the May 13 event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, helping the humane society toward its goal of raising $675,000. Money raised by the event will help the humane society find homes for nearly 11,000 pets this year.

Naito Parkway was closed to cars so people and their dogs could run or walk over the Hawthorne and Steel bridges, or a loop around Waterfront Park. The park was turned into a pet festival, with a pancake breakfast, music, libation station, vendor booths and a "Dog Utopia."

"One of the best things about Doggie Dash is dog watching," said OHS Chief Executive Officer Sharon Harmon. "You'll never see so many dogs having a great time together."

The OHS Doggie Dash was presented by Wentworth SubaryCity and Subaru of America.



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