Saving Grace’s third animal Walk Against Animal Abuse was Saturday, November 14 at Lake Lynn. Saving Grace is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless animals within our community to find a permanent, loving home. The event will consist of a silent auction and a 2.5 mile walk around Lake Lynn. The goal for this year’s walk was to raise $15,000.
Zach Walker and Ailsa Conolly, seniors, have led a DECA service project with Saving Grace since 2013. Last year, they earned first place at the DECA North Carolina state competition after raising $11,760 for Saving Grace.
“I [chose to work with] Saving Grace primarily because I’ve seen the animals there transform firsthand. I’ve adopted two dogs from Saving Grace and have volunteered for the past few years. This gave me the opportunity to see these abused and neglected animals learn to love and trust again,” said Walker.
Walker and Conolly have been planning this year’s event since June. Prior to this year’s event, they have raised $20,000 and have attracted over 350 participants.
“[Zach and I] hope that people realize that any little bit of support or donation counts to see how amazing Saving Grace is and how important it is to support community rescues because they really do take care of the animals. [Saving Grace] gives them the love and support they needed to survive,” said Conolly.
A few items available at the silent auction are a five-day cruise provided by Linda Craft and Team, two Carolina Hurricanes tickets, tickets to Defy Gravity trampoline park, a gift basket provided by Cracker Barrel, and much more.
All dogs that are available for adoption are on the Saving Grace website as well as methods to donate.