2020 Poster Dog “Memphis”
Photo credit: Rebecca Cozart

In 2020, outdoor gatherings in Marion County were limited in size and subject to safety measures for community health due to COVID-19. So...

The 8th Annual Walk-n-Wag was UNLEASHED, and became a six week virtual race run through Charity Footprints. Eighty-five participants from Oregon and beyond walked, ran, dog-paddled, and earn “footsteps” through positive actions that supported the well-being of people and animals in their neighborhoods. Together, we covered 5,363 miles! Contests and prizes donated by local groups and businesses race added to the fun. Click here for a list of contests and prizes winners

Our generous sponsors and contributors raised a total of $18,392! Proceeds are being shared this year between Willamette Valley Hospice’s Pet Peace of Mind® and Bereavement programs. PPOM funds pay for veterinary costs, grooming, pet food, and other needs that help our hospice patients keep their animal companions close at the time when they need each other the most. Bereavement staff and volunteers reach out with resources, phone support, and online grief groups for people of all ages in our community who have lost a loved one. The pandemic has led to tremendous grief in our world through illness and death, and with the loss of so many important social connections. 2020 was a good year to come together in new ways to keep our balance and support one another.

We hope to hold the 9th Annual Walk-n-Wag back at Minto-Brown Island Park next fall. The contest for 2021 Poster Dog will be open for voting March 1-31, 2021.

Willamette Valley Hospice is a local partner of the national PET PEACE OF MIND® program.

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We appreciate our generous 2020 sponsors! Their giving provides a solid foundation for the Walk-n-Wag event, and supports pets and their hospice people all year long.