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Turkey Trots bring in holiday spirit for dogs and people

For Pet's Sake had its annual Turkey Trot on Thanskgiving at Parque de VIda in Cortez. (Courtesy Shere Holleman)
Cortez and Dolores host fundraisers for pets and community

Pets and people dressed up in holiday costumes could be seen parading through Cortez and Dolores on Thanksgiving Day.

The For Pet’s Sake Turkey Trot took place at Parque de Vida in Cortez.

It is a fundraiser for the all-volunteer organization that provides foster care for cats and dogs, helps pay for emergency veterinarian care, sponsors low-cost vaccination clinics, manages feral cat colonies and helps homeless pets find a home.

Dogs dressed up for the annual Turkey Trot in Cortez Thursday. (Courtesy Shere Holleman)
Pilgrim Bill Williams encourages a dog at the For Pet's Sake Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving at Parque de Vida in Cortez. (Courtesy photo)
Dogs and their people enjoyed a walk in the park during the For Pet's Sake Turkey Trot on Thanskgiving in Cortez. (Courtesy Shere Holleman)

This year, For Pet’s Sake volunteer Bill Williams took on the pilgrim role, usually performed by Jack Schuenemeyer, who was out of town.

“Bill makes a great pilgrim, I may be in danger of losing my job,” Schuenemeyer joked.

Dolores Thanksgiving run
About 100 people showed up for the Dolores Turkey Trot fundraiser on Thanksgiving. The event benefits the Dolores Backpack program, which provides food for students and families. (Courtesy photo)
Elia Lau won the women's 5K at the Dolores Turkey Trot with a time of 24 minutes, 40 seconds. (Courtesy photo)
Rebecca Samulski and her dog participated in the Dolores 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. (Courtesy photo)

In Dolores, a 5k Turkey Trot raised funds for the Dolores Backpack program, which provides food for students and families. The sixth annual event is sponsored by Blue Sky Homes and Land.

“About 100 folks showed up, and there were a lot of fun costumes,” said organizer Bill Stanley.

Nate Westphal was the men’s winner, and Elia Lau was the women’s winner.