While most of Marathon was bundled up safely at home, the morning of Jan. 14 found around 50 walkers and 25 four-legged companions braving the arctic tundra of the Seven Mile Bridge for the Florida Keys Domestic Abuse Shelter (DAS)’s Paws for a Cause fundraiser. Accompanied by more than a dozen volunteer event helpers, the walkers brought a mix of their own companions and dogs available for adoption through the Florida Keys SPCA and Marr-Velous Pet Rescue on the two-mile journey to Pigeon Key to raise more than $7,500 for DAS’ upcoming Middle Keys shelter rebuild. The event marked the first time Paws for a Cause was renewed since 2009. Upon reaching the island, both dogs and humans alike enjoyed a brisk island morning with a cookout provided by Centennial Bank – we won’t say who enjoyed the hamburgers more.
Those wishing to support DAS’ ongoing to rebuild the Middle Keys shelter may donate here.