Friends of LB Animals 2006 "Walk For The Animals"
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(Sept. 30, 2006) -- Friends of Long Beach Animals (FoLBA), the grassroots. non-profit volunteer group promoting spay/neuter programs, humane education and adoptions, held its sixth annual "Walk To Save The Animals" on Saturday Sept. 30 at Heartwell Park.
LBReport.com posts extended photo coverage below.
Walkers checked in, then prepared for the trek in various ways.
These participants relaxed before the Walk.
This gentleman had his hands full, juggling three dogs.
This year's Walk had a "tropical" theme...and a number of two legged and four legged participants dressed in the spirit of things.
FoLBA president Shirley Vaughan (left) is assisted at FoLBA's booth by a volunteer and (right) LB-based animal behavior expert and author Miriam Yarden. "Wheely Willy" relaxes on the table.
"Wheely Willy" rests before beginning the walk. He's received international fame for remaining mobile (despite paralyzed back legs) by using a wheeled contraption. Companion and author Deborah Turner and Wheely Willy have their own website at www.wheelywilly.com.
Guide Dogs of America had what we consider the most creative booth
Ice Dogs mascot "Spike" was also a favorite.
Multiple booths offered pet related services...and drew pet lovers.
Dogs outnumbered cats...but this caged kitty got attention.
Joni Caryl, heard mornings on LB's KKJZ (88.1 FM), led FoLBA's 2k/5k walk. "I want you to check out jazz and blues on 88.1 FM as soon you jump in your car. Trust me, your animals will love it," she said.
FoLBA president Shirley Vaughan watches as Fred Bergendorff, host/creator of the "Pet Place" TV show, greets the crowd without his trademark sweater. Mr. Bergendorff omitted the sweater because as an ordained minister, he was part of an Interfaith Blessing of the Animals sponsored by Justin Rudd's HauteDogs.org.
LB Planning Commissioner Nick Sramek, 4th district Councilman Patrick O'Donnell [daughter on his shoulders, we cropped photo for her privacy] and Comm'r Sramek's daughter/4th Council district office Chief of Staff Bridget Sramek...along with four-legged Sramek familymember "Sadie." The Srameks adopted Sadie from a shelter.
LB Animal Control Bureau Manager Wesley Moore thanked FoLBA for its work.
5th district Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske (right) welcomed walkers to the 5th district. Councilman Patrick O'Donnell (left) commended Animal Control Bureau Manager Moore for the job he's doing. Also attending, 8th district Council office Chief of Staff Jonathan Kraus.
The Walk begins...and Wheely Willy is at the head of the pack.
The Walk is FoLBA's major annual fundraiser. Money raised sustains Friends of LB Animal's continuing efforts, a number of which are cited on its website (www.friendsoflongbeachanimals.org):
1. SNIP (Spaying/Neutering): In 2005, we paid $92,326 for the spaying/neutering of 1,913 animals (1,337 cats, 569 dogs and 7 rabbits). Over the past 7-1/2 years, we have paid $365,349 for the spaying/neutering of 6,338 cats, 3,681 dogs, 79 rabbits and one hamster (10,099 animals in total since July 1, 1998). You and we are preventing millions of animals from being born, only to be euthanized or subjected to cruelty.
2. Humane Education: In 2001, Long Beach Unified School District certified our humane education classes. Since that time, 24,534 students have participated in this program free to the schools, at Friendsí expense of $46,269. In 2005, the tally was $19,222 for 10,541 students. Included are new books and other educational tools totaling $4,278 donated to local schools and libraries to further our humane education goals.
3. Adoptions: We have exhibited 18 of our rescued homeless pets on 24 The Pet Place TV shows, and have been able to adopt out 24 rescued cats and dogs into permanent, loving homes. We paid $2,821 in adoption expenses (including advertising in local media) to further our adoption goals.
4. Medical Bills for Shelter Animals: We provided life-saving medicine for special needs of pets in the care of Long Beach Animal Control.
5. Memorial Pond - We spent $232 to maintain our pond, adding plants, stone, and a garden bench for the comfort of those visiting the pond at Long Beach Animal Control. The pond is in memory of special friends no longer with us.
6. Parades -- Volunteers walked in two parades in 2005. The War Dogs were honored in the Veterans Day Parade where SNIP vouchers were distributed; and we celebrated the season in the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade.
7. Katrina -- We led a campaign and you donated to help Katrina animals suffering and being rescued as a result of the hurricane disaster. As committed, we sent on 100% of the donations totaling $14,834.06 to several worthy organizations doing rescue and veterinary work in Louisiana and Mississippi. We adopted Long Beach Animal Control, Long Beach, Mississippi where our funds bought them a new pre-fab shelter with windows and air conditioning, cages, pet food, and other needed supplies.
"We believe in ending the euthanasia of healthy animals," FoLBA's website says.
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