Dog Walking For A Great Cause

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victorville) – The High Desert Domestic Violence Program, which is becoming Family Assistance Program, is hosting its 2nd annual Dog Walk at Victor Valley College.

“It’s a 3 mile walk along the Mojave River, then it loops around and goes up and around the lake at the college. So there’s a whole variety of things to see and do along the way,” said Darryl Evey, Executive Director of HDDVP. “

The dog walk is to raise funds for the High Desert Domestic Violence, Family Assistance program. “The reason we do this is because we were the first shelter in California to allow pets to come to our shelter and we found that to be hugely beneficial. A lot of families don’t want to leave their pets, which is understandable. What kind of person would? And it’s been very beneficial and very helpful for us,” explained Evey.

“The funds that we raised last year were coupled with a grant from Petco and used to build a dog run attached to the side of the house with dog doors that go from the bedroom into the dog run,” said Evey.

He continued, “The money we raise this year will be set aside mainly for vet bills that come up.  We have had dogs, cats, birds and other pets that come to our shelters with their families. At one point we actually had 3 cats and 2 dogs at our shelter at the same time and everybody got along just fine. That was nice to see.”

The Dog Walk will be next Saturday, October 15th from 9am to noon. Registration opens at 8am on the lower campus of Victor Valley College.  There will be water stations and wading pools throughout the course.  The first 100 people are guaranteed a shirt and leash.

“If you don’t have a dog to walk, not to worry! Several of the animal groups are bringing dogs to the walk. And if someone is interested in adopting a pet this is a great opportunity to spend some fun time with that pet,” said Evey.

Visit http://www.hddvp.org/paws.php for more information.

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