Capitol Humane Society Holiday Fun Run brings family and man’s best friend together

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Sunday morning’s cold December air didn’t stop over 400 racers from showing up to Pioneer’s Park for a great cause.

With dogs by their sides—many of them rescues—racers gathered at the starting line in the middle of the park to run either a 1-mile or 5K relay.

Through Sunday’s races, the Capitol Humane Society was able to raise $5000 in donations that will go toward finding rescues a good home.

Before the start of the first 1-mile race at 10 a.m., the Humane Society announced that this year was their best year for adoptions and encouraged those in attendance to continue that trend to the end of the year.

For one Lincoln family, Sunday’s run was a family tradition spanning almost 15 years.

Along with her husband, son and three dogs, Vizma Shaeffer makes the journey every year because their dogs love it.

“One of our older dogs who past away; this was his favorite run every year,” Shaeffer said.

She said each year run allows them to honor their dogs that have passed away.

“It feels great to be out running with the dogs,” Shaeffer said.

The family participated in the virtual runs of the past couple of years to keep the tradition alive through the Pandemic.

Shaeffer said the event is for the dogs to get out and interact with other dogs.

“It’s fun, the dogs love it, they love to sniff each other and they love to run with other dogs,” she said.

All proceeds from the race will go to the Humane Society.

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