Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Puppy Playtime Helps Fund Humane Society

October 9, 2017

BELOIT - Some sprinkles of rain didn't deter pups from taking over Riverside Park on Saturday morning.

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin hosted its annual Dog Walk event, offering residents the opportunity to spend a morning together with their furry friends and help raise funds for other animals seeking forever homes.

"About half of our annual budget comes from fundraisers like The Dog Walk," said Brett Frazier, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin executive director. "It's great that the community comes out to participate."

Activities at The Dog Walk started with some puppy playtime on the Big Lawn at Riverside Park. Participants then could grab treats at a bake sale run by humane society volunteers, look over raffle items and go for a stroll along the beautiful Rock River.

Jessica Liebelt, of Janesville, came to The Dog Walk on behalf of Janesville Veterinary Clinic, an event sponsor. Friend and coworker Donna Larsen also brought along little daughter Georgia, 1, who spent her morning crawling alongside corgi Luka.

"I'm here because I really believe that people should adopt and not shop for their pets," Liebelt said. "There's so much overpopulation and I'd love for others to give a home to pets that need them."

Frazier said 2017 adoptions continue to be very strong at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. In addition to local adoptions, over 400 dogs and puppies have been saved this year alone thanks to transports from other states like Kentucky and Texas.

"We're fortunate because our shelter wouldn't have enough dogs for people to see if it weren't for the transports," Frazier said. "Their adoptions also help bring in funds that help other dogs and cats that need more time at the shelter."

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, 222 S. Arch St., Janesville, is always looking for volunteers to help at the facility and with events like The Dog Walk. For more information, see or contact Dalton Roadruck at

Source Beloit Daily News

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