I Walk for the Animals
10 years ago, I stopped by a convenience store and saw a brochure
relating to the 12th Annual Walk for the Animals by Delaware Humane
Association. I had always been very interested in animals but had never
known about this local organization, a no kill shelter—something very
important to me. I decided to participate in the Walk as a way to get
to know DHA. I didn't have a dog to walk with that year, but had a
wonderful time all the same.
That experience led to me becoming a volunteer with DHA. I feared
when I first started visiting the shelter that I would be sad at the
sight of so many homeless animals. However, when I saw the fantastic
work that everyone (staff and volunteers alike) does in rehabilitating
and finding forever homes for all of the animals, that fear soon left.
more time I spent at the shelter, the more I wanted to do for them.
I've now grown to contribute to the shelter in other ways, such as
chairing the Planned Giving Committee. All of my involvement with DHA
brings great satisfaction.
years later I became a DHA foster parent, then adopted my dog Chelsea
from DHA, at which time my life changed immensely—for the better, of
course. I simply cannot imagine my life without her. We recently
expanded our family by adopting a kitten named Chance from DHA, and the
two of them are best friends.
Chelsea and I participated in our first Walk together four years ago
as a way to bring awareness to the wonderful work that DHA does for the
animals and to give thanks to our finding each other. We will
participate in this year's Walk for the same reasons.
This year we created an online fundraising page for the Walk through FirstGiving to
convey our story and promote all of the fantastic work of the shelter.
We have raised funds through our FirstGiving web page by sending out
emails to friends, family and business associates, as well as posting
the links on Facebook and LinkedIn. We are already more than half way to
our goal in less than one week, and I have no doubt that we will
surpass it. Other ways that we promote the Walk and the work of DHA is
simply by telling our story to neighbors (or even strangers) on the
walking trail at home or in the park.
Chelsea and I can't wait to join in this year's Walk. Last time she
had to be carried to the finish line, but we've since purchased a
stroller in case she needs a little help to make a timely finish!
To learn more about the
Walk, fundraising, and how to register visit dehumane.org/walk4animals or
contact DHA at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(302) 571-8171 x307.