Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

Kodiek and Rielly Gardnier take a seat away from the parade commotion. (Cathleen Duffy)
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Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Wellspring Executive Director Maggie Fronk chooses names for raffle winners. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Thor Castaldo, Chelsea Barr and Cyrus, their dog. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Robert Alex with dogs Moondance and Tank, who was featured in the Boston Rescue Parade calendar. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Kodiek and Rielly Gardnier take a seat away from the parade commotion. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Leilei looks ready to walk herself with Cathy Sheridan and Diane Vanwert. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Kristine Kline hugs Bisbee and Stewart. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Big smiles from Josh Koopman and Bailey. (Cathleen Duffy)

Saratoga Springs Hosts Annual Pooches Parade For A Good Cause

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

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Lena Gerary with pug Mia. (Cathleen Duffy)

Poodles, pugs, shepherds and schnauzers flaunted their furry frames in four-legged fashion at the 7th Annual Pooch Parade in Congress Park Sept. 30.

The parade, put on by Wellspring, aims to raise awareness of the role pets play as victims of family violence.

“Relationship abuse, often called domestic violence, is the second most prosecuted crime in Saratoga County, and the number one cause of family homelessness,” says Paul Budlong, director of development at Wellspring. And in domestic violence cases, he says, pets and farm animals are often the overlooked victims.

As many as 48 percent of battered women delay leaving abusive situations because they worry what will happen to their pets, according to statistics on the Wellspring website. In one study of women in a domestic violence shelter, 71 percent of those with pets reported that their partner had threatened, hurt or killed their pet.

Along with raising awareness, the pooch parade supports Wellspring’s Safe Pet Partnership, which provides pets with foster homes while their family transitions to violence-free living. This year’s parade raised almost $1,500 for the Safe Pet Partnership.

In addition to the parade itself, the Pooch Parade included a blessing, photographer, agility course, “pawdicures” and a dog behaviorist. Around 75 dogs participated.

Wellspring aims to support survivors and engage the community to end relationship and sexual abuse. For more information about the Safe Pet Partnership program, visit wellspringcares.org/prevention/resources/safepet/.

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