The doggone days of summer are almost over, but the sun was shining bright and people were enjoying the weather at the second annual Dogfest, which took place in Hillsdale, New Jersey this past Sunday.
According to NorthJersey.com
, the event, which featured scores of shelter dogs parading in front of onlookers, raised money for animal rescue
groups and helped a bunch of canines find a nurturing, permanent home.
"We are celebrating the love people have for their pets and raising awareness for rescue," Julie Ogden, who volunteers for The Last Resort Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in West Milford, told the news outlet.
One of the pups present was Champ, who was taken into a local shelter after being abused. He is now faring well and working as a therapy dog.
"When I had my second heart attack I was home depressed, and they called us to tell us about Champ," Mike Martin, who adopted the beagle, told the news outlet. "When I started taking care of him, my depression started going away."
According to the Humane Society, between six to eight million dogs and cats enter shelters in the United States every year.