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Pooch & Pal Run & Walk Raises Close to $12,000 for Homeless Pets in the Tri-Cities

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RICHLAND, WA - Organizers with the Pooch and Pal Run & Walk say this year's race was one of their most successful years on record.

Close to 600 people  braved below freezing temperatures Saturday morning for the run and walk at Columbia Point Marina in Richland. 

The race brought in nearly $12,000 which will help support Pet Over Population Prevention's (POPP) spay and neutering program for homeless dogs and cats in the Tri-Cities; the non- profit also runs an adoption program. 

"We believe in POPP and the things that the Human Society does for animals," said Melanie Seidel, who participated in the race. "There's a lot of neglect and abuse in the animal world and we just really appreciate that they make the effort to help out in those areas."

Last year alone, POPP helped spay and neuter over 1,000 dogs and cats. Within that time, they also found forever homes for close to 600 animals in the Tri-Cities.