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.
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.
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.