RIFLE — They came in all sizes and colors, some on two legs and some on four, but they all had one thing in common — the desire to participate in the Rifle Animal Shelter’s sixth annual Strut Your Mutt 5K Walk/Run held Saturday morning in Centennial Park.
More than 200 people walked or ran in the event, which looped through the park, up Prefontaine Avenue by the shelter and ended back at the park where breakfast was made available.
For Tim Martin of Rifle it was the first time he had participated in the event with Chunk, his 2-year-old, 175-pound Great Dane.
“He’s a big boy — he and the others eat about 40 pounds of food a week,” Martin said with a smile. “I have four more at home.”
The event raised about $15,000 for the Rifle Animal Shelter for care, food, spay and neutering for the animals.
The weather looked a little dicey when the race started at 9 a.m., but it held out for the event.
“The weather cooperated, everybody got along and I was thrilled,” said Heather Mullen, manager of the Rifle Animal Shelter. “We have the most amazing community.”
The Rifle Animal Shelter is located at 569 C.R. 265 (across from Rifle High School) in Rifle and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. The shelter has many dogs and cats for adoption. For information, call (970) 625-8808.