Evanston dogs and their owners braved the rain Saturday to walk three miles for Strut for Strays, a fundraising event organized by Community Animal Rescue Effort, the city’s only pet adoption agency.
Supporters of C.A.R.E completed the walk through Ladd Arboretum on Saturday morning, raising $17,000 in total. People were allowed to walk without raising any money, but those who did raise funds received goodie bags and T-shirts.
About 180 attended this year, said C.A.R.E. President Linda Gelb, a turnout on par with previous years, despite Saturday’s rain.
C.A.R.E, 2310 Oakton St., is a nonprofit that works with the Evanston animal shelter to provide services including medicating, vaccinating and finding homes for abandoned animals. The city owns the animal shelter, and C.A.R.E. works on spaying and neutering the animals, testing them for disease and putting them up for adoption, Gelb said.
Though C.A.R.E doen’t pay rent for its space, Gelb said the organization spends about $150 for each animal that comes through and only charges a $100 registration fee. The organization is completely volunteer-based and is open six days a week.