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dog rescue walk-a-thon

Iggette
May 21st, 2005, 05:56 AM
A while back someone posted this thread.....I bookmarked it and have been looking forward to going to this event for some time now as it is a way I can help my furry friends and many that work in rescues. I think it is a awesome cause and was wondering if anyone from this forum will be attending this event?

raingirl
May 21st, 2005, 08:27 AM
My Bf and Me are going with Odin. We are meeting up with the Bulldog meetup group there. I can't wait!

greaterdane
May 21st, 2005, 09:29 AM
I am going as well, we are meeting with the dane meetup group there

BoxerRescueOnt
May 21st, 2005, 04:06 PM
Hello :)

I will be attending the rescue me walkathon again this yr. I am a volunteer with boxer rescue. And have been a foster parent for 3-4 yrs now.

Iggette
May 21st, 2005, 04:25 PM
:confused: Dane meet up group?
:confused: Bulldog meet up group?

:o Can I just arrive?, I'm new at this my girlfriend and I are going to go I have printed the sponser sheet and am starting tues at work to get sponsers and talking to my company ...see if maybe they will contribute or even match the amount raised (high hopes huh?...lol) Gonna tell them I will where a tshirt that says their name on it if they do....lol :rolleyes:

raingirl
May 21st, 2005, 06:25 PM
We should by stickers from Grand and Toy...you know the ones "Hello my name is..." and put our nicknames from here!! Then we can find each other!

mrmilo
May 22nd, 2005, 08:13 PM
:confused: Dane meet up group?
:confused: Bulldog meet up group?

:o Can I just arrive?,

Yes, you can just arrive. Everyone is welcome. I've invited all the Toronto Dog Meetup groups to the walk so we can have a gigantic dog meetup too. We've got about 9 different meetup groups that will be meeting at the walk.

It's only 3 weeks away!!

SnowDancer
May 23rd, 2005, 09:47 AM
I will be on a plane that night so I cannot attend. That aside, when I first learned of the rescue walk, I assumed there would be an equal distribution of funds raised to "all breed type" rescues. Mr.Milo, you know which breed has my heart, but the fact is even if I were not going away, I doubt there would be an American Eskimo group for me to meet up with - and while I could certainly donate funds raised by me to our favourite little big guys, I would be uncomfortable doing so under these circumstances - as I stood there with my Eskimo. I am afraid that I would have had to stipulate an equal share of funds raised by me going to all breeds, which I do understand would not be a problem for the organizers (I hope) but a problem for me that I would even have to specify it. I fully support the idea of the walk, just not the way the funds are being distributed - unless of course I am incorrect in my understanding of this process. Certainly as my husband and I have our wills rewritten this week to provide for our Eskimo (have someone I can trust to take $ and him), pups suffering from diseases requiring the skills of a neurologist will be amply provided for - by a trust to be administered by my vet. Anyway, just my opinion - I am sure many will disagree. But I have a basic philosophy - if I want my dollars to go to X charity I give directly to X charity. When it comes to walks, I prefer a single goal.

raingirl
May 23rd, 2005, 10:52 AM
From what I understand, you can donate specifically to any of the participating rescues. THere was a list of rescues participating (MrMilo posted it) but I can't find it right now. A rescue has to be participating to get money. I don't know if there is a "American Eskimo" rescue group in Ontario, and if there is, I don't know if they are participating. Wait, here is the list:

AireCanada Airedale Rescue Network
Basset Hound Rescue of Ontario
Boston Terrier Rescue
Boxer Rescue Ontario
Canadian Chihuahua Rescue
Canadian Dachshund Rescue
Canadian Yorkshire Terrier Rescue
Collie Rescue Network
Great Dane Rescue Inc.
Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Ontario
Project Jessie
Southern Ontario Sheltie Rescue
Speaking of Dogs
The Canadian Golden Retriever Adoption Service Inc

I don't see any rescue for American Eskimos, but you could donate to Speaking of dogs or one of the other all breed rescues. If you know of any american eskimo rescues, maybe send them an email and let them know about the walk, as they may not know about it.

So, I can go there, and choose to donate specifically to one of those rescues that are there (I have an english bulldog, so if Joan Weston is there who runs the english bulldog rescue, then I will donate to her), or I can donate my money to the even and at the end of the day, all that is in the event pool is divided equally among the rescues that participated. So...if I donated $25 and there were 25 rescues participating, each would get $1 from me.

I think it's fair. Still...only rescues that have signed up and that are going to be there can benefit. If they aren't there, they can't get anything.

THe Meetups have nothing to do with the funds, they are just for fun, like a competition. The money isn't going to the meetups, the meetups are raising funds for the rescue. It's like for the Run TO thing. If you live in the beaches, the people in the beaches are banning together to run the best versus the people who are from the Danforth (I'm sure you have heard the commercials on the radio). Or..the CIBC run for the cure, anyone can go and participate, but some companies have groups of employees that run together. That's what the meetups are doing. They are just meeting up there with other people of the same breed.

Here is the link for the meetup group for American Eskimos:

http://amereskimo.meetup.com/

There is no one for Toronto, so why don't you consider starting one?? I hear it's real easy, and you can start meeting with other American Eskimos in your area. I just found the English Bulldog Meetup website a few weeks ago, and this weekend we had our monthly meeting. It was about 10 owners and all their bulldogs. The organizer arranged for a trainer from Poop Patrol to come and do "Doggy Olympics" with our dogs. We had a BBQ and it was fun! You could start the group and have something similar for just Eskimos!

SnowDancer
May 23rd, 2005, 11:36 AM
Thanks, raingirl. I do understand exactly how this event has been organized and I am aware that Eskimos are not being "represented". But I guess I look at this as I would any other "walk" - say Breast Cancer, Terry Fox etc. - something with a specific general purpose as opposed to "participants". Definitely had I attended all funds raised by me would have been split evenly across the board. Any funds that I give to Dachshund health services (my true loves) are done so directly on my own initiative. My Eskimo is a Dachshund want-to-be - with too long of a back for my liking. Although hip dysplasia is much more of a concern than the dreaded Dachshund disc disease with which I am way, way to familiar. Thanks for replying. Hope you raise a lot of money. I am sorry that I won't be able to attend the Woofstock on June 4 - slight medical procedure interferes. Just as well, the Dachshund rescue people will be there.

raingirl
May 23rd, 2005, 01:00 PM
Yeah..but it's similar to the other walks, in that only certain participating "charities" get the money. I know that with the CIBC breast cancer run, you have to apply to be a recipient of some of the money... it's like applying for the funds, and you have to be approved. So I really think that they are similar. If a research facility doesn't apply, they don't get anything out of it.

levimh
May 23rd, 2005, 02:14 PM
That walk-a-thon sounds like fun. We have a "Dog Jog" for the local SPCA here, but it's not the same. Although, Dr. Stanley Coren will be here this year. :D

mrmilo
May 23rd, 2005, 07:59 PM
Thanks Raingirl, for explaining how the meetup groups work at the walk.

We contacted every rescue listed on the website www.speakingofdogs.com.

There is an American Eskimo Rescue in Orangeville listed. Their website is home.cogeco.ca/~eskie

As Raingirl pointed out, in order for a rescue to benefit they must participate.

I was trying to get events going in other cities this year but they just didn't get off the ground. Hopefully next year we can increase the number of rescues at the walk in Toronto, but also, spread the walk to other cities.

SnowDancer, this event gives every rescue the opportunity to particpate, raise funds and increase awareness of rescue. I think it is good that you can designate your walk pledges to any of the rescues participating. And if you buy some raffle tickets, the funds get split up amoung all the rescues. So in the end, it's a great day to help a lot of dogs. I hope you are flying somewhere for some R&R.

CFRB's broadcast from the walk will also help us to reach out to thousands of listeners too.

maddoxies
May 24th, 2005, 06:36 PM
I think that almost as important as the money being raised, is the awareness that will be raised at the walkathon !!! So many people do not know about rescue and rescue groups. They think that SPCA is it - the only option.

Hopefully the walkathon and the publicity will also educate people - to spay/neuter, make informed choices BEFORE buying the pet store puppy and to adopt a rescue animal.

I could not mount the walkathon by myself in Montreal this summer. Mr Milo and the enormous organization committee have shared all their emails with me, so maybe we can use their experiences and launch a walk in Montreal (and other cities next year too) Education and fundraising.

Wish I could be here guys, but I will be back in Mtl that weekend.

mrmilo
May 24th, 2005, 09:29 PM
I think that almost as important as the money being raised, is the awareness that will be raised at the walkathon !!! So many people do not know about rescue and rescue groups.

Well said goldengirl. If I had to guess I would say only a small percentage of the population knows about rescue. Well, we have a whole year to put together an event for Montreal next year. We just need to find a few more volunteers. I know it would have been too much to get going this year and I think you are awesome for even considering it. One of the biggest jobs is to find a venue, so be on the lookout for one.

I am not sure if I told you about www.wpram.org, this website list events in support of Pet Rescue Awareness Month.

All the best

Iggette
May 25th, 2005, 05:29 AM
Well wish me luck.....I'm going to talk to the managment today and ask about donations being matched by the company, ......... and start my fundraising to get the word out before pay day....lol

Raingirl.....great idea even if I dont get a tag.......Iggette will be on me somewhere somehow......lol :rolleyes:

mrmilo
May 25th, 2005, 06:43 AM
Well wish me luck.....I'm going to talk to the managment today and ask about donations being matched by the company

That's the spirt!! Good Luck.

Reptile Watch
May 25th, 2005, 12:12 PM
do we need to sign up in advance?

Julie

mrmilo
May 25th, 2005, 07:41 PM
do we need to sign up in advance?


No need to sign up in advance, just come on out. You will need to register at the walk though. Registration opens at 10:00 am and the walk starts at 11:00 am.

You can download a pledge form from the website at www.rescuemewalk.com

Hope to see you there.