fbpx

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)
View Gallery 8 Photos

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/.

Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is the managing editor at saratoga living.

No Comments Yet

Comments are closed

ABOUT US

Welcome to Saratoga Living, the premier lifestyle media company in Saratoga Springs and the heart of New York’s Capital Region.

Saratoga Living magazine publishes six times a year. saratogaliving.com relaunched on February 8, 2018. Like our page on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

The Voux magazine theme

THE CITY. THE CULTURE. THE LIFE.

FOLLOW US ON

 

For Saratoga Living‘s Submission Guidelines,
click here.

CONTACT US

All editorial queries should be directed to:
[email protected]; or sent to 422 Broadway, Suite 203, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Saratoga Living assumes no responsibility for unsolicited submissions.

For advertising inquiries, contact: [email protected].

For magazine subscriptions and to purchase back issues, contact:
[email protected].

For all other inquiries, call us at 518-294-4390.