Because of the Second Chance Fund, Prince, Zak and Zeus have a reason to wag their tails.
All three dogs are success stories that show the impact of the fund, which gives grants to animals with treatable conditions that are facing euthanasia because of the cost of treatment. Owners often surrender sick or injured pets to the fund, and the dogs or cats are rehabilitated and then adopted into new homes.
The Fund relies on donations and fundraisers to continue to save animal’s lives. And its biggest fundraiser is this weekend: the ninth annual Doggie Dash on Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lodi Fairgrounds, 700 Fair Street.
Zeus, an emaciated lab/bulldog mix, was rehabilitated through the fund and has now gained 30 pounds.
Other success stories include Prince, a lab mix who was hit by a car and picked up by a good Samaritan. He found a new home after receiving surgery for external injuries.
Zak, a four-month-old chocolate lab, was injured after his owner unintentionally fell on him, and he was surrendered him because of the high treatment cost.
Recently, Ace, an 8-year-old pug, received surgery for a dislocated hip and knee issues after being hit by a car. Lodi Veterinary Care veterinarian Beth Poulsen said the “gentleman” dog is recovering and on the lookout for a permanent home.
“There’s been quite a demand on the Second Chance Fund recently,” Poulsen. While that’s good, it also means the funds from Doggie Dash are as important as ever.
“It’s very high energy,” event coordinator and Lodi Vet service specialist Telo Anderson said of Doggie Dash.
The day is, of course, completely dog-friendly (though they must be leashed and have a rabies vaccine certificate). She said the dogs are excited to be there, and the humans have the chance to see a vast array of different dog breeds.
The Doggie Dash kicks off with an almost-5K run/walk, with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starting at 10:30 a.m. Participants receive a T-shirt and bag of doggie treats, while supplies last.
And then the free event afterward at Lodi Fairgrounds until 1 p.m. has an event for every pup.
Highlights include Doggie Olympics, where pups (and their owners) compete for bragging rights at events like peanut butter spoon-licking and bobbing for hot dogs.
“It’s so silly, so goofy,” Anderson said. “The dogs are happy.”
The fairground’s baseball diamond also transforms into an enclosed off-leash dog park, where pooches can make new pals, and their owners can meet other dog lovers.
The event features food stands from local vendors, including food donated by Lodi Sausage Co. & Meat Market and Piggly Wiggly Main Street Market.
And some of the biggest moneymakers for the event are the raffles and silent auction.
The big-ticket raffle has cash prizes up to $500. Tickets are $35 and are available until the day of the event at Lodi Vet. The winner does not need to be present to win – so Paulsen said it’s a great option for those who want to support the event but cannot attend.
The day of Doggie Dash, other highlights include raffles for gift baskets – which have pet and human prizes spanning from amusement park tickets to cat-themed baskets.
There’s also a silent auction with prizes including gift certificates and local artisan’s handicrafts.
Anderson said people are welcome at the event with or without a canine counterpart. For extra credit: “some pets do come dressed up, just for fun-sies,” she said. “That’s definitely optional.”
For more information visit www.thesecondchancefund.org