On Saturday, September 7, We the Dogs DC held the 3rd Annual Bipawtisan March in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The theme of the March this year was GLOW, and participants and pups wore glow accessories to light up the streets of DC as they marched. The goal of the event was to demonstrate that a group of individuals from different political and ideological backgrounds can come together and find common ground as animal lovers and advocates.
The event began with a rally at Yards Park in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood that included speeches from the We the Dogs DC team, as well as representatives from two of the animal rescue organizations that received donations from the March. Following the rally, the group marched together through Washington D.C. while holding signs to show their reasons for marching. The March concluded with a “Yappy” Hour at Dacha Navy Yard. A raffle fundraiser was held that included a variety of prizes donated by a variety of businesses.
Charity Selection: The event raised $12,193 to benefit the four animal rescue organizations chosen by event participants. A public vote was held to select the organizations, and received 3,584 votes for 41 different animal rescue organizations! The three organizations with the most votes were selected and included Key to Lion’s Heart Rescue, Dogs XL Rescue, and Wolf Trap Animal Rescue. The We the Dogs DC team selected Friends of Homeless Animals as the fourth organization. All donations received from the event were split evenly between the four selected organizations.