YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Hundreds of dogs came out to the SPCA's Annual Walkathon and Pet Fair Saturday at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights and they brought their owners as well.
Mild rain didn't damper the spirits at the SPCA's annual largest fundraising event, which they hoped raised more than $120,000.
Leading the dog walk was Red, who was found living in a small crate with his six siblings in his owner's garage. The owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
Red had to have one of his front legs amputated, though after months of treatment, the SPCA said he is now thriving in his adopted home.
Mahopac resident Jonathan Hallet was there to promote Stone Meadow Kennels, a place to board dogs. Hallet, who runs the business with his wife Elizabeth, said he loves his job.
"Dogs are fantastic," Hallet said. "They're not judgmental, as long as you feed them, play them and talk to them. It's a lot better than running a hotel."
Hallet said he enjoys getting to meet new customers, see old customers and support an organization like the SPCA.
"I'm proud to do what I can," Hallet said.
Pets a Go Go, located across the street from the SPCA in Briarcliff was also on hand promoting the numerous services it offers dogs.
"The weather isn't exactly cooperating, but it's still a nice day," Nicole Rigger said. "We come here every year."
Rigger had nothing but praise for the SPCA and the work they do, having fostered some of their pets.
"It is a fabulous organization," Rigger said. "They make sure everyone gets a good home."
Jennifer Angelucci was on hand to promote the new no-kill animal rescue center, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue that will be taking over in Elmsford where Pets Alive was once located. Angelucci also had Chips and Nelson, two dogs from the Cayman Islands that are looking for homes.
"We're looking to fill the void left by Pets Alive," Angelucci said. "We have a great relationship with the SPCA. Our missions are all the same."
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