Fun run raises money for local dog shelter

COOLING OFF: Hannah Brock, 11, of Big Rapids and her dog Gabriel rest after finishing the  Paws in the P.A.R.C. 5K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday at Hemlock Park. Proceeds from the event were given to the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

COOLING OFF: Hannah Brock, 11, of Big Rapids and her dog Gabriel rest after finishing the Paws in the P.A.R.C. 5K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday at Hemlock Park. Proceeds from the event were given to the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County. (Pioneer photo/Lonnie Allen)

BIG RAPIDS — It was more than a typical walk in the park for dogs and their owners on Saturday.

More than 75 people participated in the Paws in the P.A.R.C. 5K Fun Run and Walk at Hemlock Park hosted by the Health Care Management Association and PetSavers.

As pets and their owners took strides to benefit the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County more than $700 was raised for the organization.

For 11-year-old Hannah Brock and her dog Gabriel, running in the event was a chance for her to help out ARC.

“This was a great day for a run and a great reason to promote what the rescue coalition does for the animals,” she said.

Brock and Gabriel were part of the few people and pets who ran the 5K while others walked the route.

“I like to run 5K’s and this one was important because it help out dogs,” Brock said.

Kandel Ahola, who helped organize the event and volunteers at the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County said fundraisers like this one help out the non-profit organization with its daily operational cost.

“Events like this 5K will help provide toys, food and medicine for the dogs,” she said. “All the money raised helps fund this organization.”

Ahola and her organization Health Care Management Association hopes wanted to find a way to give back while also encouraging pet adoption and educating pet owners.

“I am grateful that the the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County acts as a voice for the animals who have been abandoned, left homeless, and are in need of our support,” she said. “My dog is adopted and we just wanted to raise money for them to help out.”

 

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Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at lallen@pioneergroup.com.

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