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Homeless Hounds Get A Second Chance At Family Life

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Vienna, VA – A beautiful Memorial Day weekend was home to the 2nd annual Healthy Hound Dog Walk and Adoption event at the Viva Vienna! Festival in downtown Vienna, VA.  

The super dog adoption showcased 10 metro DC rescue organizations during the two-day affair. It encouraged the organizations to discuss their efforts, brainstorm ideas and offered them exposure to a much larger audience that they might not normally receive.

As an added Memorial Day bonus, over 50 walkers and their participated in the 2-mile Healthy Hound dog walk through Vienna. The walk was a 1.5 mile hike down the WO&D Trail and through the woodlands of Vienna.  Each walker received a goodie bag full of treats and fun. The event raised over $1000 for

"We're very excited about the success of the event," explained Mark Bates, Vice President of "It's always great when a rescued doggie finds a home.” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating potential dog owners on dog selection and care and supporting the efforts of rescue groups. We believe that by assisting with good dog-owner matches, we'll give each family the best opportunity for a life-long relationship with their new dog and help to keep dogs out of shelters.