Second Annual Event Raises More Than $50,000 to Support Foothills Animal Shelter
Hundreds of animal lovers and their dogs in costumes gathered at Parfet Park in downtown Golden on Saturday, September 16, raising more than $50,000. The funds raised will provide essential medical, behavioral and life-saving care for the homeless pets at Foothills Animal Shelter.
The second annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair drew a crowd of nearly 1,500 people and 165 dogs dressed up in their best and most creative costumes. The dog costume parade participants competed for prizes in categories like “Best Group” and “Most Original.”
In addition to the parade, attendees enjoyed a fair with food trucks, a beer garden, live music, dog flyball demonstrations, family-friendly activities and vendor booths.
“We are thrilled with the success of the second annual Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair. We couldn’t have asked for better or more creative costumes. The support from our community is overwhelming and it’s only because of this support that we are able to care for more than 9,200 animals every year,” said Richard Eveleigh, Foothills Animal Shelter’s Executive Director.
The inspiration behind Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair is Toby, an 11-year-old Australian Shepherd who was found running the streets of Westminster with his mouth taped shut with electrical tape. Toby was brought to Foothills Animal Shelter for care and recovery. Despite being a victim of abuse, Toby’s good-natured, loving spirit never waned and he was eventually made the official Mascot of Foothills Animal Shelter. To honor Toby, the Shelter created Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair as a fun-filled community event to raise the critical funds needed to support and care for homeless pets like him.