Dogs at the Humane Society will be treated to a beach walk day on Saturday.
Volunteer Ramona Bogdan, who adopted her dog Keno from the Humane Society four years ago, is hosting the dog walk to mark her pet’s fourth birthday “out of the shelter” and to appeal for dog walkers to offer some of their time and energy to abandoned or unwanted animals.
“Four years ago I won the jackpot,” Ms. Bogdan said. “The Humane Society shelter got flooded and I went there very worried for the dogs and the cats who needed help. I was very nervous and excited about who would go home with me. Keno picked me to be his mommy.
“The last four years, I got millions of kisses from him. I got to laugh until my belly hurt. I got unconditional love and I learned so much from this special, sweet, sensitive, loving boy.”
She is now calling on animal lovers to help celebrate Keno’s release from the shelter “by giving a beach walk day for all his friends who are still there, still waiting for their mom or dad.”
She said the idea behind the morning at the beach is to “thank the Humane Society for taking care of Keno before he found me and how else, if not by giving the poor doggies a break from the shelter?”
She added that although the cats at the shelter will not be able to go on a beach walk, “they would love to have some kind souls spend some time with them.”
People who want to take part in Saturday’s beach walk are asked to meet at the shelter at 9 a.m. to pick up a dog and then go to Public Beach on Seven Mile Beach, where the dogs and their minders for the morning will spend about two hours.
Ms. Bogdan also hopes the event can serve as a fundraiser for the Humane Society, and she invited participants to donate to the shelter.