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See Spot Run 5k Benefits Local Humane Society

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 YAKIMA, WA -- The See Spot Run 5k brought out hundreds of people and their furry friends to fundraise for the Humane Society. While the event is fun for everyone, the money is critically important to animals who still don't have a home.

More than 400 people enjoyed the run in the sunshine Sunday. Although for many it was more of a walk than a run. It still tired this guy out.

The money they raised supports the more than 7,000 homeless animals the Yakima Humane Society takes care of each year, covering everything from food to medical bills. That brought out people like Chelsea who found new family members at the Yakima shelter. 

"I'm participating in honor of my dog Rory who I adopted from here about five years ago," Chelsea Vandebrake said.

The run is perfect for those of us who love their four legged friends.

"This event is one you can't miss," spokesperson Mariano Morales said. "If you have a soft spot in your heart for animals, dogs, cats, come here and you're just going to be around other people like that. And you're going to have a blast."

Mariano would know. He holds a special place in his heart for the Humane Society. His dog Atlas was found roaming the streets after a car crushed his leg. 

"He's part of our household, he's part of our family," Morales said. "And that's what the Humane Society is all about. Our pets are part of our family." 

And remember Chelsea from earlier? Well, she and Axel won the 5k race!

"It's pretty cool!" Chelsea said. "I wasn't expecting it and it looks like Axel could go again even, maybe."

The Humane Society says they hope to raise over $10,000 at Sunday's event. That type of success definitely keeps their tail wagging. 
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