On Sunday afternoon, Memorial Park was inundated with canines of all shapes and sizes: there were boxers and terriers, yellow labs and border collies, even a pomeranian pug and a red-bone coonhound. The reason for this diverse group of dogs all in one place??Watonwan County Humane Society’s annual Walk for the Animals event.


    On Sunday afternoon, Memorial Park was inundated with canines of all shapes and sizes: there were boxers and terriers, yellow labs and border collies, even a pomeranian pug and a red-bone coonhound. The reason for this diverse group of dogs all in one place??Watonwan County Humane Society’s annual Walk for the Animals event.
    This event, which has been going on for the last 10 years or so, is a yearly tradition in May, the “Be Kind to Pets” month. Typically the weather is perfect for a nice long stroll through the park. Sunday, however, was a bit hot for the dogs and their owners who decided once down the park grounds was enough for one sweltering afternoon.
    No matter, Humane Society volunteers and pet owners didn’t let the hot weather get them down. Proceeds thus far from the event have surpassed $3,000. That money will go towards operating costs of the Humane Society.
    Some of the top fundraisers this year were Deloris Madison, Krista Miller (Mankato), Brenda Schmillen, Sue Weiland, and Loretta Peterson. Those people who raised $50 or more got their choice of a variety of fine pet prizes, and everyone enjoyed a lunch after the short but exhausting walk. Volunteers also received coupons from Jake’s, Pizza Hut, and Dairy Queen.
    Anyone interested in sending along any more contributions may do so by sending them to Watonwan County Humane Society, P.O. Box 346, St. James, 56081. For adoption or fostering information, contact Amber at 507-217-6129