The rain held off until just minutes after the Tails 'n Trails Pet Walk & Festival fundraiser for the Capital Humane Society (CHS) was completed Saturday, May 18, at Fallbrook Town Center in northwest Lincoln.
The event raised over $37,000 to help support CHS’s adoption program, foster care, humane education and low-cost feline spay/neuter program for low-income cat owners, said Matt Madcharo, CHS’s director of fundraising and operations. Proceeds will also help purchase microchips for animals going into the adoption program, purchase kitten milk replacer for unweaned kittens in foster care, provide materials for humane education of community youth, and provide surgical supplies to sterilize cats in the community.
“We were very happy with the attendance this year, as we saw a nearly 30 percent increase in paid attendees compared to 2018,” Madcharo said. “In all, over 400 people registered for the event, and many dogs joined their human companions.”
The day included half- and full-mile walks, demonstrations by the Nebraska Disc Dogs, live music by Levi William and the PANgea steel drum band, educational booths about pet products and services, rescue groups, activities and games for dogs and their human friends, FlyDogz specialty hot dogs, raffle items and a bounce house.
The Ameritas Animal Lovers team won the corporate award for raising the most funds, $3,100, for CHS, and Lisa Tompkin won the individual award for raising $1,100.