Thousands Walk for the Animals

Thousands Walk for the Animals

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - Nearly 2,000 dogs and their owners came out Saturday to Downtown at the Gardens for the annual Walk for the Animals benefiting Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

"It's going to be a great day for the dogs, and all the people here today," said Executive Director & CEO Rich Anderson.

This year's walk was especially exciting with the approval of the new county initiative, "Countdown to Zero". "The board of county commissioners approved a formal resolution on February 4. Basically, what they have done is they have set a goal for our county to become a 'no kill community' within 10 years."

A key component of "Countdown to Zero" is making it affordable to be a pet owner. "We offer low-cost spay and neuter services which are critical to our objective to saving as many lives as we can. We have our low-cost vaccines for cats and dogs. That's six days a week, walk-ins, no appointments necessary. We also offer microchipping to make sure if your animal gets out, it can be reunited with you and your family. We have a Fido's Food Bank. We provide free food for people, who are down on their lucky, until they can get back on their feet."

All these services are done without government funding. "We completely rely on the generosity of people in our community, and this is just one example of that. We have such great support. We could not do what we do without that."

The walk is a great way to celebrate the success stories of so many pets who had a second chance thanks to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

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