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Dogs put best paws forward for Humane Society

October 11, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Guided by their owners, dozens of dogs put their best paws forward on Sunday to benefit Waynesboro's Antietam Humane Society.

The owners gathered sponsorships and walked their dogs two miles to raise money for the shelter, which is full of dogs and cats awaiting adoption.

"We are really overrun with animals with everything going on in the economy," said Candy Clopper, executive director of the Antietam Humane Society on Lyons Road.

The shelter held its 18th annual "Walk for the Animals," followed by a pet fun festival, at Summitview Elementary School. People and dogs returned from the walk to participate in contests, like "best kisser," "smallest" and "best-dressed."

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"It's just a time for everyone to get together," Clopper said.

April Barr of Greencastle, Pa., guided her French bulldog through an agility course as a demonstration. She has several rescued dogs of her own and is fostering one for the Antietam Humane Society.

"I think the important part is getting the dogs out, socializing them and raising money," Barr, a groomer, said of the event.

Elizabeth Bucci's terrier mix, Bill, nestled in her arms during the occasional commotion of barking, slobbering and sniffing.

"I got my dog from a pound, and I feel it's important to support them," said Bucci, of Waynesboro.

Siblings Matthew and Mikayla Dale help care for the eight dogs living in their home. They entered two of those dogs in several of the contests after the walk.

Both said they appreciated an opportunity to get the dogs moving outside.

"It gives them doggy exercise," said Mikayla, 9.

"The exercise is important," said Matthew, 11.

Clopper said the shelter is always in need of Pedigree Small Breed dog food, dry cat food, cat litter, laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent.

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