Event raises money for Humane Society

Published 3:24 pm Monday, July 16, 2012

Dottie, the Chilton County Humane Society's Dalmatian mascot, leads a "pet parade" through Goosepond Park on Saturday as part of Dottie Day, a fundraiser for the Society.

Pets and their owners joined the Chilton County Humane Society’s Dalmatian mascot, Dottie, for the organization’s first “Dottie Day” fundraising event July 14.

The daylong event began at Goosepond Park with a 5K race at 7 a.m.

Lucus Culpepper placed first with a time of 23:08; Angie Sanderson placed second with a time of 31:26; and Teresa Richards placed third with a time of 31:29.

Subsequent activities included a pet parade, a cutest and ugliest pet contest and live entertainment.

“The pet parade turned out really well,” said Gina LeCroy, secretary of the CCHS board of directors.

Lauren Mitchell’s Chihuahua, Gia, was named Cutest Pet.

Wanda Johnson’s dog, Princess, and Tammy Rauch’s dog, Ricky, won Best Costume.

Gina Jones’ dogs, Ruby and Ginger, were named Best Dressed Duo.

Jessie Little’s pit bull, Harley, was named King. Sonia Ballew’s basset hound, Daisy, was named Queen.

Following the parade and contest, attendees also enjoyed live music by The Poachers, Gary McKee and Walter Hayden, along with performances by the 701 Twirlers and Tammy’s Academy of Dance.

After the outdoor events, a spaghetti supper and auction were held at the Clanton Country Club.

“We were really pleased with the outcome,” LeCroy said. “We are still in dire need of donations though.”

According to LeCroy, all money raised will be used for much-needed updates to the shelter.

“We would love to invite all the public to come by and see the shelter and all the updates needed,” LeCroy said, “And get an animal if they could.”

Based on the success of the first Dottie Day, LeCroy said CCHS plans to make it an annual event.

For more information or to make a donation, call the Chilton County Humane Society at (205) 755-9170.