For The First Time Ever, Dogs Can Take Monetary Pledges In The Women In Distress Dogwalk

Top Quote Women in Distress has its 15th annual 5K SAFEWALK-RUN and 3rd annual Dog Walk. at Tradewinds Park. Proceeds will go towards building a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and a dog shelter for their dogs. End Quote
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (1888PressRelease) September 21, 2013 - Women In Distress, an organization that aids domestic violence victims, is hosting its 15th annual Women in Distress SAFEWALK-RUN 5K Presented by Pollo Tropical and its 3rd annual Dog Walk! The event will take place at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, Florida at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Walkers can bring along their beloved four-legged friends for an extra $10, to walk along side them. The proceeds of the $10 dog sign-up fee go towards building an animal shelter on the grounds of the family shelter for the domestic violence victims.

    "Because of the enormous success of last year's SAFEWALK and DogWalk we decided to allow pets to take pledges to help raise money for the shelter," said Mary Riedel, the president and CEO of Women in Distress.

    Seventy-five percent of Americans know someone who was a victim of domestic violence. Often times, domestic violence victims won't leave their abusive partners because they fear leaving their pets behind. This walk allows victims to bring their pets along with them, she said.

    Morgan Marquez, the teen chairperson for the DogWalk said, "I'm so excited that pets can take pledges this year! I think it's really going to push the pet shelter fundraiser forward and enable us to start construction in the near future!"

    Women In Distress is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, Florida. The organization has a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter program, individual counseling, support groups and professional trainings which are aimed at educating the community on domestic violence. Its confidential services are offered free of charge to victims of domestic violence. Women In Distress currently operates a 132 bed shelter, an outreach center (Jim & Jan Moran Family Center), and a thrift store.

    To register online for the walk or to support a walker go to .
    For more information, check out or send an email to WIDvolunteer ( @ ) gmail dot com.

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