We asked our volunteers and supporters to share with you why they walk in the Petathlon and why they raise funds for Save-A-Pet through this annual event. Here is a story from Petathlon co-chair and Save-A-Pet volunteer Amy.
“My first year of college I found myself lost and lonely in a foreign place without family, friends, or my beloved pets. One day I decided to find the local adoption center hoping that these lost and homesick souls and I could maybe comfort each other. It was the best decision I ever made. The rewards of volunteering, personally and for the animals, are countless.
After moving back to the Chicago area, I happened across Save-A-Pet. Their no-kill mission really struck home for me and I decided I wanted to get more involved with pet fundraising events than I had in the past. When I registered for my first Petathlon three years ago, I was amazed at how much support Save-A-Pet received from the community and my personal friends and family. Everyone wanted to do their part to help Save-A-Pet’s animals, which became increasing clear as my fundraising total surpassed my goal and friends started registering for the event as well. The Petathlon is a great way to allow the local community to get together, raise funds for Save-A-Pet’s homeless pets, and make a great fun family day out of it. That is why I walk for Save-A-Pet.”