The mile and a half Bark for Life walk took off from the shelter behind two banners. People walked in groups with their dogs heeling on leashes.
Chris Utegg, of Milford, and her sister Denise Sutliff, of Brewerton, brought their dogs out to the walk in memory of a family member.
“My husband’s daughter passed away last year,” Sutliff said. “She had a little dog that brought her such comfort when she was taking chemotherapy.”
Utegg’s team of walkers was honored as a marshal of the event carrying the lead ‘Fight Back’ banner.
“Chris was our top fundraiser last year,” Goodspeed said. “She is one of our marshals.”
Several people raised money for Bark for Life as a team of walkers.
Sherry Hierholzer, of Springfield, walked with the teamed called ‘Golden Girls.’
“We are walking with Tracy Richmond,” Hierholzer said. “She is a survivor. She has a Golden Retriever and has blond hair – so we are the ‘Golden Girls.’”
Hierholzer had her Saint Bernard, Jakie, with her on the walk.
“He is a therapy dog,” Hierholzer said. “I take him to nursing homes. You wouldn’t believe how much they love him. They don’t mind his drool at all. Some of these people have not petted a dog in a long time.”
A few people walked dogs that are sheltered at the Susquehanna SPCA.
“I don’t have a dog,” Goodspeed said. “I am one of the ones walking a shelter dog.”