Southeastern Guide Dogs (SEGD) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose goal is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog. For over 30 years, guide dogs provided by SEGD have helped the visually impaired live an independent life, serve active duty soldiers and retired servicemen and women, and perform their duty as public service dogs and ambassadors. Members of HCC’s veterinary technology club participated in the annual SEGD Walk-a-Thon fundraiser held March 3rd at Payne Park in Sarasota. It was such an inspiration to see the young, vibrant guide-dogs-in-training along with their older and wiser counterparts. General pet-owners were also allowed to experience the walk-a-thon with their furry family members too. It was wonderful hearing the lovely stories that each pet owner had to say about their dog and the exciting new memories that they were going to make that day.
Despite some dreary weather, the SEGD volunteers continued to cheer on the walkers in the one and a half mile walk around beautiful Payne Park. Pushing along the trail was the SEGD Mascot “Scout” who did not fail to put a smile on a tired face. There were also pails of water for the thirsty canines and bottled water for the humans.
The Hillsborough Community College Veterinary Technology Club had a blast with this event! Even some nifty t-shirts were made. Once the rain stopped and the sun came out, much fun was had by all- human and canine alike!
The walkers of Sarasota, Bradenton, and St. Pete, Florida welcomed more than 7,000 thousand walkers and more than 3,000 happy puppies and generated more than $500,000! The Club would love to continue to support such an extraordinary tradition!
Article written by PaviElle Siebold
Article written by: PaviElle Siebold