Hundreds of dogs marched from Manhattan to Brooklyn on Saturday night as they took part in the second annual Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl, a colorful nighttime dog parade that raises funds for animal shelters and rescues across the country.
The first Pup Crawl was held on the Brooklyn Bridge in 2009 and raised thousands of dollars for local shelters in New York, California and Florida. Rescues and shelters around the country heard about the nighttime fundraiser and, since then, additional Pup Crawls have taken place in California, Arizona and Pennsylvania, with more events underway for 2012. Collectively, thousands of dogs and their owners have helped to raise tens of thousands of dollars for rescue and shelter pets across the country.
During The Pup Crawl, dogs and their owners kept safe and shed light on the cause by using a brand new illuminated dog leash called The Pup Crawl Lights-Up Leash, which is visible from a quarter of a mile away. Sales of The Pup Crawl Leash raise funds for local animal shelters and rescues. To date, more than 390 shelters and rescues in 45 states and Puerto Rico are raising funds through The Pup Crawl Leash program, which provides three dollars to one of these organizations for every leash sold. Any non-profit shelter or rescue in the United States can sign up to participate.