This weekend, my little road warriors, Mookie & Tokki, strutted their stuff for charity!
On Saturday, we participated in the Best Friends Animal Society’s 2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles. They were walking for their Auntie Laura’s 501(c) non-profit organization, Animal Care for Artists. ACAI assists low income artists, from painters to photographers to musicians, cover their vet care costs for their pet companions. This year alone we have helped several cats and dogs get much needed surgery (one of them ate a couch!) so our resources dwindled significantly. But through SYM, our ACAI team raised almost $2400 and Best Friends raised over $250,000! Sure, Mookie and Tokki have no idea what they were actually doing there; they were just happy to be there sniffing other dogs and eating treats. But all in all, they had a great time walking around the park and afterwards, we had a great post-walk party at Cat & Fiddle in West Hollywood.
We had such a great time on Saturday, so we woke up on Sunday and did it all over again. This time, we gathered at Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl for the 13th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk (say that 5 times fast!) to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society. Being a new pet parent, I didn’t know much about shelters or rescue groups. But shortly after adopting Mookie, the Pasadena/Altadena/La Canada areas suffered huge trauma during the Station Fires in 2009. The Pasadena Humane Society opened their doors to care for the hundreds of pets that were evacuated from their homes. The rescued friends included “dogs and cats, rabbits, parrots, 30 doves, 6 wild ducks, guinea pigs, a turkey vulture, 2 snakes, a tarantula, box turtles, a tortoise, chinchilla and a bobcat.” With a yearly budget of only $6 million, they also rely heavily on donations and fundraisers, and this year’s WWW raised over $260,000!
Mookie, Tokki and I were so happy to be part of three great causes. And thank you to all my friends and family who donated to Mookie and Tokki’s efforts! We truly appreciate your support!