Walkers & Waggers Take Manhattan!
Greeted by stunning views of the Hudson River, supporters of North Shore Animal League America gathered on a sunny Saturday morning on Pier 84 with their furry pals for the sixth annual Walk & Wag.
The in-person event on September 17 served as the kickoff for the final two weeks of Walk & Wag fundraising. Virtual walkers participated from their own communities across the country, and those who showed up at Hudson River Park were able to enjoy vendors, snacks, and entertainment before embarking on the three-mile stroll along the waterfront.
Generating energy and excitement, cheerleaders from Saint Francis Preparatory School in Queens, NY lined up at the starting arch. Their energy—along with the music from DJ Teal Camner and MixMaster Marley—kept spirits high.
Kathryn Erbe—star of film, stage and TV, as well as proud mom to two rescue dogs and three cats—was this year’s Walk & Wag Ambassador and cut the ribbon to launch the walkers. Kathryn is a longtime friend of Animal League America. “I’ve been a dedicated supporter ever since I adopted my dog Lilah there in 2008,” she said. “Too many beautiful animals are euthanized every year, which is why the no-kill mission of Animal League America is so important.”
Attendees were thrilled with the location and inspired by the incredible views of the river as well as the USS Intrepid, anchored nearby. And thanks to all our generous supporters, fundraising for this year’s Walk & Wag exceeded expectations. “This was the most successful Walk & Wag event we’ve had so far,” noted Animal League America Senior Events Manager Kacie Bogan. “And there has been so much enthusiasm for the location, that we are already looking forward to coming back to Hudson River Park for Walk & Wag next year!”