Amazing Irish Race Raises $1,600 for Dogs Forever

Dani Aldrich organized The Amazing Irish Race eight years ago as a fun event she could AmazingIrishRace_Noelridgeenjoy with her friends. After the 2008 flood hit, she decided to charge an entry fee and donate money to flood organizations. A few years later, she decided to shift their focus to animal rescue groups. This year Dogs Forever was selected as the beneficiary of their race.

The race has grown from 36 people its first year to 200 people this year, which included 40 teams of five people each. The concept behind the event includes teams completing a challenge at the starting location.  Then they received a clue in which they used to determine where they needed to go in order to complete their next challenge.  Teams did 10 different challenges along with two “detours.” One of those detours included each team member picking up an item to donate to Dogs Forever.

This year’s route started at Noelridge Park and ended at Jersey’s in downtown Cedar Irish RaceRapids. Woody, one of Dogs Forever’s dogs up for adoption, also made an appearance at the beginning of the event and made quite an impression on all the teams.  Dani mentioned this was one of the best ways she has ever started the event.  Participants donated 30 jugs of laundry detergent, 30 jars of peanut butter and two tubs full of dog toys and treats to Dogs Forever. In addition, a portion of registration fees was donated to AmazingIrishRace_JerseysDogs Forever ($1,175) while some runners donated their winnings. To cap it off Tiffany Hermsen, one of the volunteers for this event,passed around a boot to collect additional donations as well. We are overwhelmed at the generosity of everyone involved with this event.

Thank you also to the Dogs Forever volunteers who helped out at the race and transported donated items to Safe Place: Michele Means, Kathy and Mike Couse, Lisa Sparrow, Kathy Frieden and Jim Edmunds. On behalf of Eastern Iowa’s homeless dogs, woof! Thanks!


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Holidog Bazaar is Almost Here! Shop Till You Drop & Help Homeless Dogs!

Dachshund-SantawebIf you have a dog lover on your Christmas list, don’t miss this event! Dogs Forever’s annual Holidog Bazaar will be held on two Saturdays–Dec. 7 and 14 from 10 am to 2 pm at The History Center, 615 First Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids. All proceeds help support Dogs Forever Safe Place, our Adoption Guarantee shelter located at 809 Rockford Road SW.

Max-BaneWe’ll have homemade treats for people and dogs, holiday decor including artificial trees, T-shirts with humorous and heartfelt designs for the die-hard dog fan. You can also buy our popular Dogs Forever 2014 wall calendar featuring a few of the 77 dogs we have saved to date, along with their stories and enough joyous photos to make your heart explode!

You can also find great stocking stuffers like our fun selection of car magnets, pewter keychains and dog-themed earrings. And let’s not forget the fur kids! Tug toys, squeaky toys and comfy fleece blankets for napping when the dog(s) in your life get worn out from playing with all those
new toys!

When you shop at our Holidog Bazaar you’ll find great gift ideas that support a worthy cause. On behalf of our homeless dogs, Woof!! See you soon!

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