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Pets and their owners strut their stuff for a good cause

When Keary Baumgardt first laid eyes on a Jack Russell terrier-Chihuahua mix at the Humane League of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, she knew it was love at first sight and decided to take the lovable pooch home with her.

As LancasterOnline.com reports, Baumgardt was one of 800 dog owners who recently came out with their furry companions for the Humane League's annual fundraiser, The Tailwagger's Trot. Her canine, Smitty, accompanied her as they made the three quarters of a mile trek. Many participants have been rescued from animal shelters and were helping to celebrate the event's 21st anniversary.

The money raised from the event goes toward the shelter's Animal Rescue Fund, which helps pay for food and veterinary costs. This year the fundraiser collected more than $60,000 in donations, making this one of their best years to date.

"This was our biggest year ever," the Humane League's special events coordinator Joe Hess told the news outlet. "The weather was beautiful, We were blessed all around. Everything came together."

Between six and eight million animals are cared for by shelters every year in the U.S., according to the Humane Society.
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