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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- There was a big turnout of four-legged friends at the 20th annual Fireplug 500 Walk for Animals. The event benefits the Animal Protective Foundation, and included raffles, a doggy photo booth, and a pet-acure salon.
Veterinarians were also on hand to take questions about pet health, and kids could learn what it's like to adopt a pet. Organizers said they're delighted to see the event continue to grow after 20 years.
"It really started out with just a handful of volunteers, and a handful of walkers, and each year we've added more things to it, more activities," said Marguerite Pearson, Animal Protective Foundation. "We have probably 60 vendors, and also rescue groups and shelters here today so it's really become a community event, not just limited to us, but to help other shelters as well."
Money raised will go directly toward animal care, sheltering, food, veterinary care, and vaccination for pets.