Running With Oli For Old Dog Haven

ABOUT THIS CHARITY RUN: My 14 month old daughter & I are training together for my charity half-marathon run for Old Dog Haven. She will be sitting in her stroller, cheering me on, while I do my best to push & run. 

MY RULE: I cannot run the Beat The Blerch unless we hit our goal! Please donate so that my daughter can cheer me on from the sidelines while I zoom (or crawl) past the finish line for these senior dogs!

SUMMARY: I am participating in this charity run for 4 reasons:

#1: To be a healthy role model for my daughter & those around me. 
#2: To challenge myself physically & mentally. Running has never been easy for me, but I always feel wonderful when I'm done. 
#3: To teach my daughter that she can find creative & fun ways to give back to the community. 
#4: Most importantly, to raise funds & awareness for my chosen organization; Old Dog Haven & any other organization that puts their amazing efforts into caring for homeless pets. 

With this being said, our goal is to raise $1000 for Old Dog Haven by my half marathon date of: Saturday, September 17th, 2016.

100% of the money we raise will go to Old Dog Haven. 

Why Old Dog Haven? 
I have many family & friends who have senior pets and I know the cost, time & energy that goes into caring for these senior citizens. It is organizations like Old Dog Haven that help give homeless senior dogs a place to live, a warm bed to lay on, and the medical care they need to live out the rest of their lives.

FROM ODH: Old Dog Haven is a foster-based rescue for senior dogs in Western Washington. We take in dogs 8 years and older, place them in safe, loving homes and provide all veterinary care necessary to restore the dog to health and an optimal quality of life. Priority is given to pulling dogs from shelters and those in hospice condition, but we also assist owners and shelters with finding appropriate homes for their adoptable senior dogs. The majority of ODH dogs are not adoptable and will live with their foster families for life as Final Refuge fosters. We currently have around 300 dogs in care and veterinary expenses run approximately $80K per month. Helping them is sometimes challenging, often expensive, but always rewarding. Our goal is that their last years are happy and that they die safe and at peace, knowing they are loved.

As our veterinary clinics are spread throughout Western Washington and some offer discounts to us, these are averages for what donations will cover. A large portion of our veterinary expenses come from complex surgeries at specialty centers which can run several thousands of dollars.
- $1,000 – Dental cleaning with extraction of painful teeth
- $500 – Cardiology exam with echocardiogram
- $250 – Full set of geriatric laboratory tests
- $100 – X-rays to check for arthritis and spinal conditions
- $25 – One month supply of joint supplements for a large breed dog

Please check out the links below for more ODH Info: 

- Website:
- Final Refuge (permanent foster) dogs: Final Refuge 
- Adoptable ODH dogs: Adoptable Dogs 
- Adoptable dogs courtesy cross-posted for others (owners or shelters that want to adopt out the dog themselves): More Adoptable Dogs 

Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is registered as a charity with the WA Secretary of State.

THANK YOU: To those that have already donated & to those that will be donating. We truly appreciate it & are so excited to be able to help such a great cause! 

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Kris Gray 
Redmond, WA
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