BEL AIR, Md. - They came in all shapes and sizes, from the large to the small. Some looked like they were from Hawaii, others from Maine. One was spoiled rotten, and another provided security.
One thing in common – they all brought their families to raise money for the Humane Society of Harford County.
Sunday marked the society's Walk & Wag-a-Thon. It's a fundraiser that makes it possible for the society to taken in about 4,500 animals each year.
"It helps to pay for medical expenses for food and for the care of the animals while they are at the shelter," said humane society executive director Mary Leavens.
It's a day that puts a smile on young faces as well as those who have been emotionally channeled by the pet adoption process.
Charlotte Barnhart was at Sunday's event and shared her story.
"He (her dog) was found on Cedar Lane and that's how he got is name (Cedar). So, we kept the name, and when we went to pick him up, the foster mother had all his stuff and I said, ‘That's Cedar.' He got to come home with us."
Stories like Barnhart's may not have been possible without the role the humane society plays.
Food trucks brought in food for humans while vendors brought in treats and services for the pets. There were contests for best costume and best kiss. There was even an attempt to break a record for the most dogs in the same area wearing the same bandana.
Most importantly, it was a fun-filled day with purpose – a purpose of keeping the doors open at the Humane Society of Harford County.
"We are a open admission shelter, which means we take in any animal that come in… whether that is a dog, a car a rabbit, a horse, a cow… We take all those animals in." Leavens said.