Humane Society fundraiser nets $80,000

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Esther Short — Nearly $80,000 was raised for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington during the 2011 Walk/Run for the Animals on May 7. More than 800 animal enthusiasts and 500 animals — including a ferret and miniature horse — gathered at Esther Short Park to show support for the Humane Society. Owners also entered their pets in talent contests, such as the best jump and best look-alike. Entertainment was provided by local alternative bluegrass band Jawbone Flats. The grand trophy went to the Asset Hounds from Columbia Credit Union, who raised $3,263 collectively. S. Medalina Teran was the top individual fundraiser with $2,882; Ann Bulletset, who raised $1,366, was second; and Sheryl Bateman, who raised $1,267, was third. Humane Society employees and volunteers had their own internal competition and raised $9,000.