Fun Had By All at 7th Annual Walkathon

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, the Georgian Triangle Humane Society held its 7th Annual Friends for Life Walkathon. The event took place at the beautiful Blue Mountain Village; despite the forecast, the weather held off which enticed families and dogs alike to attend.

Highlights of day included Paw Patrol mascots Marshall and Chase, as well as Sparky who tagged along with the Town of the Blue Mountains Fire Department, face painting a GTHS Alumni Zone, a pet costume and best trick contest that was loads of fun, live animal readings and an “ask the expert” booth featuring GTHS’ dog school trainer!

With the help of our fabulous community – participants, sponsors, in-kind donors and volunteers, we’re excited to announce that this year’s Walkathon raised over $59,000! “. It was an incredible day with lots of happy faces on everyone including kids and some very excited dogs” says Monika Merz, 2019 Walkathon Committee Chair who was also very pleased with the number of costume contest and best trick competition entrants. Without government funding, the Georgian Triangle Humane Society relies on community support from events like the Walkathon in order to operate.

A MILLION THANKS those who helped make the 7h Annual Friends for Life Walkathon such an amazing event. Thank you to the event volunteers, the Walkathon Committee, and all of our Sponsors. A special thank you to our 2019 Walkathon Committee Chair Monika Merz. This event was only possible because of her unwavering leadership and guidance.

Michael Miller$6,891Walk Fur Paws$5,718
Elizabeth Parker$3,659Feline Friends$5,642
Janet Saddler$2,110Luv of Dogz$1,336
Barbara Foster$2,049Tatham Trotters$1,130
Barbara Flynn$1,352Cat Care Heroes$796

Walkathon Committee

Event Chair – Monika Merz | Anna Agresta | Danielle Brown |
Barbara Flynn | Sarah Hutchesson | Jaclyn Jones | Sonya Reichel |
Janet Saddler


Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc.


Boehringer Ingelheim | CIBC Collingwood | Collingwood Home Hardware | Mike Jackson GM | Ontario SPCA


Municipality of Meaford


Collingwood Today | 95.1 The Peak FM


Apple Self Storage | Baker Tilly | Blue Mountain Four Season | Brick House Home Inspection Services | Brown’s Moving & Storage | Buff-It Detailing Collingwood | Crozier & Associates Consulting Engineers | Dogs at Blue | Eagles Weed Control & Lawn Service | Georgian Granite Works | Hutchesson Investments | JenniFERS Grooming | Ladies Designer Fashions | Nestle Purina Petcare Company | Optimair | Red-tailed Hawk Forest School | River Road Animal Hospital | Second Wind Pilates Plus | See Sawyer Run | Tatham Engineering | The Mortgage Wellness Group | Thornbury Home Hardware | WSP

In-kind Donors

Blue Mountain Medium | Collingwood Mascot Rentals | Fanciful Faces | Happy Paws Canine Solutions | Kennedy Orchards | Loblaw | SuperSavingsStore | The Water Store | Town of the Blue Mountains

Event Day Volunteers

Alex Holmes | Ashley Kulchycki |Buzz Flynn | Carol Darling | Christel Schindler | Dan McCreavey | Dan McKay | Daniela Schulze | Danielle Belec | Deb Boyd | Debbie Bowes | Elsa Stiefeling | John Worts | Karen Schilcher | Katie Mohr | Keri Campion | Lesley Worts | Lyn Lewis | Margo Boyd | Mary Zanette | Megan MacDonald | Michael Miller | Michael Robinson | Monika Gibson | Shawn McLean | Sue Campion | Susan Watt | Udo Schilcher | Valerie Green | Victoria Manget

Photographs by Dave West

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Stay informed on GTHS events, initiatives and programs. Learn how the GTHS team is serving the pets and people of the South Georgian Bay Area. Read heart-warming Happy Tails about GTHS Alumni. See a lot of really cute pictures of dogs and cats!