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Local humane society fundraiser returns with new name

Georgian Triangle Humane Society looking to raise $120K during Walk for Pets
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Anna Agresta laces up her shoes with Joe in preparation for the Georgian Triangle Humane Society Walkathon, now known as the Walk for Pets. | Jessica Owen/CollingwoodToday file photo

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) is celebrating the 11th year of the GTHS Walkathon with a brand-new name.

Introducing GTHS Walk for Pets 2023, proudly presented by Huronia Alarm & Fire Security, the largest fundraiser of the year aiming to raise $120,000 for the organization.

“Supporting Walk for Pets means you will help support the programs and services of the GTHS that impact pets and people on a daily basis,” says Sonya Reichel, executive director of the GTHS. “This event is a ton of fun for everyone. There will be some new additions this year, including a new walking route and a new headquarters at the Collingwood Brewery, where we can all gather to walk and celebrate the efforts of our amazing community who come together year after year to support the GTHS at this event.”

Registration for the event is free this year and is now open for participants to sign up.

“The ‘main event’ is scheduled at the Collingwood Brewery on Saturday, June 17,” explains Reichel, “but the beauty of this event is that you can walk wherever and whenever you would like from now until then. Some people choose to walk on their own time with family and colleagues in lieu of, or in addition to, joining us on the big day. If you choose to join us in person on June 17, we will have a two-kilometre walking route set for participants to walk together, starting and ending at the Collingwood Brewery. This is a pet-friendly event, so bring your pup along to join in the festivities.”

This event is a great team builder, network opportunity and a chance to show the community that you believe in animal welfare and the human-animal bond. Participating in Walk for Pets means you will help support GTHS programs and services, including:

  • The GTHS hospital, which is one of the only low-cost spay-neuter hospitals operating in a wide geographic region that performs 2,500 surgeries annually.
  • GTHS access to care services, which help keep 3,000 pets together with their families during emergencies and crisis and out of the shelter system.
  • GTHS lifelong learning programs, which have impacted more than 2,000 youth through after-school and online programming.
  • GTHS adoption services, which helps find loving homes for 1,200 animals annually.

Register today by visiting If you are interested in leading a team and becoming a team captain, or if you are a community business interested in getting involved, reach out to [email protected] for more information.