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Dogs and owners take the Brooklyn Bridge to help others

Hundreds of dog lovers and their pets walked across the Brooklyn Bridge recently for the second annual Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl, a night time walk designed to raise awareness and money for non-profit partner shelter and rescue programs, PetMD.com reports.

In 2009, the event raised money for six shelters, but this year, nearly 400 benefited from the event. According to its official website, the Pup Crawl can benefit any animal group across the country if they sign up on the website. It was organized by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Petfinder.com. 

About 500 dogs and their owners met in front of City Hall Park and set off on the walk just after sunset. Canines and owners stayed safe with the Pup Crawl Lights-Up Leash, a light-up leash that is visible from more than a quarter mile away. Proceeds from the leash sales went to 390 different animal rescue shelters this year, according to the news source.

Since the first dogs and owners crossed the Brooklyn Bridge for the annual walk in 2009, similar pup crawls have been organized on bridges in California, Arizona and Pennsylvania. Mayor's Alliance President Jane Hoffman told the news outlet that these events have raised tens of thousands of dollars for local animal rescue organizations.  
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