It was a misty Sunday morning when everyone lined up for the starting horn. People and dogs alike, in their waves of starting times, ready to make that 5K trek through Dorothea Dix Park. And what a day it was!
Second Chance’s yearly Racing for Rescues 5K/fun walk is an event that many of our supporters look forward to every year, both as a community event and as a way to raise funds for the oldest no-kill rescue in Wake County. But this year, it seems the community had a little extra love for Second Chance and our animals: the 2022 race saw a record number of registrants with 580 runners and walkers! That beats our 2017 record by over 20 people! Considering how unpredictable the past few years have been, we were both stunned by and grateful for the turnout.
Finally, the number everyone has been wondering about: how much money did this year’s event raise for our kitties and pups? Thanks to our generous donors, fundraisers, raffle ticket buyers, sponsors, and registrants, we were able to raise over $55,000! Yes, you read that right! These funds will go towards supporting Second Chance’s mission of championing homeless cats and dogs in our area to find forever homes as well as promoting responsible pet ownership.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the park, participated virtually, or donated in lieu of being able to attend. Your support is greatly appreciated, and we cannot wait until later this year for our next big event, the Evening of Pawsibilities gala/auction! Save the date (September 24) and keep your ears perked, as more details about ticket sales will come in early July!