MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Over 400 people showed up to the eighth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk to raise awareness for service animals on Sunday.
CBS4 anchors Irika Sargent and Rhiannon Ally, along with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, hosted the event.
The event, held at the Shops at Midtown Miami at 3401 N. Miami Avenue, kicked-off with a breakfast at 9 a.m. That was followed up with the walk that included dog guides, other service animals and regular pet companions, on a walk to pledge support for Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
“In addition to raising much-needed funds for our vision rehabilitation programs, our eighth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk will be a wonderful awareness-raiser for the presence of service animals of all kinds in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and uses a dog guide, Kieran.
This year participants were treated to a St. Patrick’s Day themed walk.
Besides the “Dog-Owner Look-alike” and “Most Talented Dog” contest, this year they had an extra prize for the “Best St. Patrick’s Day Dog Costume.”
This year’s grand prize winner – for most participant pledges collected – received a signed Britto ‘Azul’ Dog sculpture.