More Than 1,000 People And Their Pets Gather For Peggy Adams Walk

Judy Van der Grift, Fritz Van der Grift, Anthony Gugino, Joe Floyd and Nikki Peska.

More than 1,000 people, along with their adorable pets, gathered for Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s 17th annual Barry Crown Walk for the Animals on Saturday, March 10 at CityPlace in West Palm Beach. All of those who participated raised money to help save the lives of so many injured, homeless and abandoned animals in Palm Beach County — just like this year’s walk mascot, Smokey.

Participants enjoyed a perfect South Florida day with live entertainment, local vendors and free breakfast served by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Animal Kindness Unit. There were also chances to win fabulous silent auction items and raffle prizes. Jennifer Ross from 107.9 FM and WFTL 850 AM once again hosted the day’s festivities, including a pet costume contest with amazing prize baskets. Rich Anderson, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s executive director and CEO, drove the pace car — a decked out golf car decorated as a puppy — leading the way along the course.

There was a very special walk mascot this year, rescue dog Smokey. Smokey cheered on participants while his new family, his firefighter rescuers, Dr. Federico Latimer and the staff of Jupiter Pet Emergency & Specialty Center walked the nearly one-mile route through CityPlace.

“Our Walk for the Animals has grown tremendously over the years, and we were thrilled that CityPlace hosted this year’s Walk,” Anderson said. “As a nonprofit that receives no city, state or federal government funding, the league relies on community support to help us provide services to more than 45,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens every year. We are extremely grateful to all of those who came out and participated.”

ll proceeds benefit the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. The walk was presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Other sponsors included: Sunny 107.9, CityPlace, Nozzle Nolen Pest Control, Scenthound, Grizzard, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart and Shipley, Residence Inn Marriott West Palm Beach Downtown CityPlace, NCCI, Very Important Paws, Flagler Bank, Wahoo Pools of South Florida and the Ohana Pet Resort.

The mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals; to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals; to care for, protect and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals; and to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals.
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