Humans, canines jog to benefit pets in need

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — More than 100 people and their four-legged friends joined in to race for a good cause Saturday.

The annual Skip Jackson Dog Jog was held by the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The event is named in honor of professor Horace “Skip” Jackson, who participated every year since the original race in 1972.

The jog raises money for the housing needs of pets whose owners are temporarily unable to provide care during situations such as natural disasters, domestic violence and health issues.

Abigail Hamilton said she was excited when she was asked to run with a shelter dog.

“For people to get experience with animals and to learn that they are usually nice, kind and loving,” she said. “Especially with shelter dogs, it’s good to bring them outside of the kennel so that they can get exercise and interact with other dogs and with other people.”

The event was initially a run for veterinarians participating in the Purdue Veterinary Conference. It was opened to the public in 2012.