By Ardeth Devries

Old Dog Haven is a homegrown phenomenon.

Inspired by the compassion and commitment of founders Judith and Lee Piper, Old Dog Haven has become a community of fosters, volunteers, and donors all dedicated to getting old dogs out of shelters and placing them in private homes, with loving families. During the past 11 years, Old Dog Haven has helped over 4,000 dogs, and we’ve become the largest senior dog rescue in the United States.

We have over 300 dogs in our Final Refuge homes and always have a list of unadoptable old dogs in shelters, waiting for a foster spot too open up. Because many of the dogs we take in have major medical needs, our monthly vet bills average about $80,000, even with discounts from our veterinary partners. Old Dog Haven relies on donations to provide the care needed to make these dogs comfortable, sometimes for the first time in years. Dogs like Thor, whose ears were so badly infected for so long that only major surgery could relieve him of pain, have been helped by our donors. You can read more about Thor here.

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The Walk for Old Dogs is our biggest annual fundraiser. Every penny raised at the Walk will be used to care for the senior dogs in our permanent foster homes. What began five years ago as a way to raise money and provide an opportunity for people who love old dogs to spend time together, has morphed into the largest gathering of old dogs ever held anywhere in the U.S. You have to see it to believe it!

Last year, in spite of record-breaking heat, over 400 people and their dogs came to not only support Old Dog Haven, but to celebrate the value of old dogs in our community. Dogs of every imaginable breed and size walked on four legs, three legs, hauled carts, rode in strollers, wore costumes, socialized, made new friends, smiled their best doggy smiles, and loved being celebrated by their families.

Please join us this year! The event is an experience you don’t want to miss. Old dogs, young dogs, and people of all ages are welcome. The Walk is not a race but a fun 1/3 mile promenade to celebrate with our senior dogs! It’s a nice stroll on a paved path along lawns and fields. Walk as much (or as little) as you and your dog prefer! Before the walk you can browse the many sponsor booths (many offering samples and goodies) and pet-related vendors. The registration fee is $25 and includes a Walk for Old Dogs canvas tote. You can go to the Walk website to register or make a donation if you’re unable to attend (Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—donations are tax-deductible), and find out everything you need to know about the event.

Activities planned for the event include:

  • Old Dog Pageant (Best Costume, Best Decorated Stroller, Best Trick, 30 Yard Lollygag)
  • An Old Dog Haven race car
  • Food trucks, including Seattle’s nationally recognized, The Seattle Barkery, (the food truck for dogs), will be there. The Barkery will also have ice-pops from Six Strawberries, and there will be sandwiches from Napkin Friends and vegan ice cream from The Cookie Cutter.
  • Pet-related vendors
  • Old Dog Haven t-shirts and books will also be available for purchase.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the top fundraising team, the top individual fundraiser and Pageant winners.

The Walk For Old Dogs
Sunday July 17
11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Cromwell Park (18030 Meridian Ave. N., Shoreline)

 Pet Connection Magazine is proud to be a sponsor for the Walk For Old Dogs.