At the 18th annual Maryland SPCA March for the Animals yesterday at Druid Hill Park, owners young and old sported spirited looks in honor of the nonprofit’s top fundraising event of the year: I saw dogs dyed pink for the day — not to mention these stylish pet owners with their bright red and jet black hair — and plenty of pets in eye-catching light spring attire.
As of 10 p.m. last night the fundraiser had received an impressive $205,499, surpassing their $200,000 goal quite nicely — according to the event website. We’ll update as the tally is finalized. Keep in mind it’s never too late to donate to the MDSPCA, the independent organization that receives no government funding, yet adopts out more than 3,000 unwanted pets each year. The MDSPCA also educates the community to reduce pet abandonment, offering behavior counseling and training and affordable spay/neuter services. Miss the activity-packed Druid Hill event this year? Take a quick photo tour below. And consider registering next spring to walk the lovely 1.5-mile loop that affords Maryland’s dogs and cats in need a — sorry, I can’t resist — new leash on life.
One of the most visually striking strollers, “Coco Chanel” went pinkest of all for the occasion. She seemed to enjoy posing for pictures.
March for the Animals also serves as a fun mixer for friendly dogs and pet owners to sniff each other out.
This pug wore a bouncy pink tutu — her ebullient owner made the circuit with kids and canines in tow.
It’s not that they resemble each other but that they both exude such dignity and grace…
Red Ruff, the Petco mascot, encouraged participants to visit his information booth. The white dog looks dubious.
This Orioles fan gave her dog a temporary pink mohawk that looked feathery and funky in the sunlight.
Four-leash harmony! These guys conducted their crew with such ease.
Up for adoption through BARCS, this sweetie suited up as a tulip to win friends and possibly influence pet costume judges as well.
Most dogs told me they were proud and excited to participate.
As the party came to a close, many walkers, especially the tiniest, opted to ride in baby carriages and other rolling vehicles.
This senior collie considered sun protection in the transportation bargain.
I met “Murphy” as I started my circuit. He was coming off a long haul and ready for a nap. “Would you do it all again?” I asked him. He barked.
Look for our MDSPCA Weekly Pet Adoption posts every Wednesday afternoon at Baltimore Fishbowl.
UPDATE: Tina Regester of the MDSPCA sent this afternoon the following message: “Happy to share that the 18th annual March for the Animals raised $355,000 to help save homeless pets! This is an increase over last year. The day after last year’s walk, we were at $330K, eventually making it to $343K after receiving some donations after the event. So, we’re optimistic that today’s total may increase some. It seemed like everyone really had a fun time.”
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