Sarge’s Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk leaps into success

Aug 15, 2014
Photo by: Carol Viau photos LET THE WALK BEGIN — Diana Ritter and Karaline Bryson led 233 dogs, along with Sharon Green and Eddie Foxx from 99.9 KISS Country Radio on Sarge’s 9th Annual Dog Walk. Below, Key Sarge’s team member Nancy Bulluck (left) was happy to have the participation of KISS Country’s morning team of Eddie and Sharon in the dog walk and contest judging.

The Sarge’s Annual Downtown Dog Walk was held Aug. 2 in Waynesville — and it far exceeded previous dog walks in participation and fundraising. Diana Ritter and Karaline Bryson led 233 dogs, many of them Sarge’s fosters, along with Sharon Green and Eddie Foxx from 99.9 KISS Country Radio, on the ninth annual Dog Walk.

Corrine Baker and Marita Scholtz coordinated the dog walk this year.

“Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors, walkers and Sarge’s volunteers, we more than doubled last year’s numbers,” Scholtz said.

“Between dog registration/virtual walker fees, sponsors, donations and the people who collected money as teams and individuals, we had a great day and lots of fun,” said Baker.

Baker and Scholtz are grateful to Tish O’Connor, Sue Libera and Cynthia Morris for assistance in the event. Jeanne Naber of Songbug DJ Services emceed the festivities, as she has for the past several years. The morning DJ team of Eddie and Sharon volunteered again to be the judges for the dog contests at the courthouse. They were joined in judging by Youth for Sarge’s member Madison Garris.

Winners of the competitions for most money collected were: Randi Pollock for first place team, Kim McClure for second place team; first place individual went to Nancy Bulluck, and Sophie Humpridge won second place individual; and in the youth category, Karaline Bryson took home the first place prize and Jonah and Julie Ottie won second. Contest winners were: best dressed, Hershey (Joyce Biberica); best trick, Roxie (James Stephens); and best tail-wagger, Raleigh (Philip Lord).

Youth for Sarge’s also participated in the vendor section at the courthouse. “Without the generosity of our sponsors, we would not be able to have the Dog Walk and, more importantly, care for the dogs and cats rescued from the county animal shelter,” said O’Connor. “A special thank you from all of us goes to top sponsors Diana and Michael Ritter.”

The group also made use of social media to help raise funds.

“Corrine created the virtual walker online registration idea,” said Scholtz, “and it enabled us to raise additional money. People who could not join in the festivities still had the opportunity to support the animals and our cause.  It was a win for our fosters and Sarge’s.”

The mission of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is to save Haywood County animals from euthanasia. Dogs and cats are available for adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and larger adoption events are held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville, or the public may adopt Sarge’s cats from PetSmart, in Waynesville.

Volunteers are needed for many different tasks at Sarge’s. People in the community can help the effort, either by volunteering their time or donating funds for the medical care of the animals.

For more information on Sarge’s, to donate or volunteer, visit or call 246-9050.