By SCOTT MIMS / Staff Writer
COLUMBIANA – A 5K fun run and the Doggie Day Festival benefited the Sanctuary Animal Rescue of Alabaster and Cornerstone Christian School in Columbiana on Saturday 5th June.
The event was held in Cornerstone and not only helped raise funds for the charitable rescue organization, but also promoted the school.
It was the first of its kind, and organizers hope to do more in the near future, said Heidi Lynn, co-founder of Sanctuary Animal Rescue.
“A few sanctuary alumni showed up so we could see many of the dogs we had adopted in the past,” said Lynn. “It was a great time and a good relationship. It’s a nice partnership that we have with the school and the rescue team. “
The festival included a 5 km run, 1 mile walk, dog competitions (best costume, best trick, fan favorite), inflatables, and vendors. There was also a gift shop and experts who answered questions.
One dog in particular, an older lab named Ruthie, was in attendance on Saturday and one of the rescue dogs that Sanctuary is currently looking for a home for.
“Not a lot of people look at the older dogs, so she definitely needs a lot of promotion,” said Lynn. “She was taken to a shelter because she was getting old, and that is the case with a lot of dogs. When we see older dogs in a shelter, we pull them as fast as we can. This is a terrible place for dogs like that, and they don’t have much of a chance of being adopted. “
Lynn, who has been involved with animal shelters since childhood, wants to host more events like Saturday to give more opportunities to animals like Ruthie.
She indicated that another festival could come in the fall, which would hopefully become a regular event.
For more information on Sanctuary Animal Rescue, email [email protected] or visit the organization’s Facebook page.