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Paws Over Pittsburgh 2017

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BENEFITING: Humane Animal Rescue

ORGANIZER: Humane Animal Rescue

EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017

EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017

Jennifer Tkocs

THE STORY:

Hi there, my name is Fox, and I'm running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon with Paws Over Pittsburgh to support the Western PA Humane Society & Animal Rescue League! Here's a little bit about why this cause is so near & dear to my heart.


I've been a dog lover all my life (I was born on the Feast of St. Francis in the Year of the Dog... it was meant to be). Growing up, we almost always had a dog in our house, usually (adorable, chubby) lab mixes.


In 2007, I read an article about the Vicktory Dogs, who were rescued from a dogfighting ring run by then-quarterback Michael Vick. I didn't have any experience with or knowledge of pitbulls at that time, but I followed the stories of these pups from their rescue and rehabilitation to their journeys to their forever homes, and before I knew it, I realized I had a new love.


In 2010, my life changed forever when my husband and I brought home a sweet little pitbull-mix named Lucy Red. It was love at first sight, and we both knew she was the missing piece for our family.


We loved our little Lucy as hard as we could, and she loved us back so much. We took her on vacations, brought her to the awesome Bully Breed classes at the Humane Society, and spoiled her rotten. But sadly, in May of 2016, our little baby got sick. We lost her on June 13, and I thought I would never, ever recover.


I decided about a month after Lucy's passing that I needed dogs back in my life, but I wasn't sure if I could bring one home just yet. I decided to apply to volunteer as a dog walker at the Humane Society. 


I have seen the bumper stickers that say, 'who rescued whom?' and I always thought they were cute, but I never took them much to heart until I started volunteering at the shelter. The first dog I spent time with was a Great Dane puppy named Steve Rodgers. He was enormous already at only a few months of age, but i sat down in his pen, and he just crawled into my lap. He was wearing a 'cone of shame' and he had ZERO awareness of where that cone went. But even as he was bonking me in the face with it and stomping all over me with his giant puppy paws, I knew this was where I was supposed to be. There is nothing more fulfilling than sitting with our pups, taking them on their walks, snuggling on the couch, and showing them what it's like to be a Real Dog who is very loved. I am grateful every day for my decision to start volunteering at the shelter.


I am a certified gym rat and a casual runner, but I decided to dedicate myself to training for the half marathon to run for these dogs. They give so much to us volunteers without even realizing it, and I want to give back to them by fundraising for them. I am SO excited to run past the shelter on the race course and see the pups I have walked that week!


Also, since you may be wondering, we have a new pitbull in our lives. About ten days into my gig as a dog walking volunteer, I brought home Miss Layla Grace, a tiny black pocket pittie who is currently training to be a therapy dog. In fact, she'll be out in her Therapy Dog In Training vest at the finish line of the race!


Please, if you can donate to my fundraiser, consider throwing a few dollars in for the dogs. Your donations will help support food, treats, soft blankets, medical treatments, spay & neuter, and training. They will appreciate it SO much! Thanks for stopping by and reading my story!!






www.animalrescue.org/marathon

Facebook.com/arlpawsoverpgh

$615

MONEY RAISED
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  • Tom & Diane Tkocs

     

  • Rebecca Herron

    $50

  • Laura Linn

    $25

  • Christi Hohmann

     

  • Aimee and Dan Douglass

     

  • Ashley Richert

    $50

  • Goodwill, Spring 2017

    $65

  • Olivia Herrera

     

  • Katherine Wren

     

  • Michael Scotto

    $100

  • Brie

    $50

  • Brenna Cain

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Mary Hart

    $35

  • Woubbie

    $35

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The Team: $113,133 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Humane Animal Rescue

Amount Raised

$14,639

 

12% Raised of $125,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ashley Melville

Amount Raised

$2,702

 

540% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Martin Connelly

Amount Raised

$2,025

 

579% Raised of $350 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ann Cannoni

Amount Raised

$1,850

 

185% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dan Rossi

Amount Raised

$1,789

Fundraiser Title

Becky Pacek

Amount Raised

$1,625

 

163% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jackie Neilly

Amount Raised

$1,425

 

143% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Pusateri

Amount Raised

$1,418

 

284% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Woubbie

Woubbie

DONATION: $35

5 months ago

Mary Hart

Mary Hart

DONATION: $35

5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Brenna Cain

Brenna Cain

5 months ago

Brie

Brie

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Michael Scotto

Michael Scotto

DONATION: $100

I'm really proud of you! â 5 months ago

Katherine Wren

Katherine Wren

5 months ago

Olivia Herrera

Olivia Herrera

5 months ago

Goodwill, Spring 2017

Goodwill, Spring 2017

DONATION: $65

5 months ago

Ashley Richert

Ashley Richert

DONATION: $50

5 months ago