Despite weather, residents bring pets to ‘Bark for Life’ (GALLERY)

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Becky Davidson plays with her American bulldog, Bella, Saturday at the 2013 Bark For Life in Baker. The event raised $600 for the American Cancer Society.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 06:42 PM.

BAKER — Despite cold weather, event organizers are pleased with attendance of this year’s Bark for Life, a Relay for Life fundraiser that benefited the American Cancer Society.

Attendance for Southside Animal Hospital’s event, which took place at the Baker Recreation Center, was down from last year, but participants still helped raise around $600 for cancer research, organizers said.

Around 45 people attended Bark for Life, according to Vanessa Hehl, the Purr-fect Pacers’ team captain and Southside’s receptionist, said.

"Our numbers were down from last year; I honestly think it was from the weather," she said. "But it was $600 they (ACS) didn't have."

Last year's event collected nearly $1,300 for the ACS.

Dogs of different sizes and breeds, from boxers to poodles, were brought to the event. Even some cats, which were up for adoption from the Pet Welfare Adoption center, braved the barks.

  While some attended for the second time, this year's event was a first for others.



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