ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Hundreds came out to Balloon Fiesta Park Sunday for a special animal event. At the park, guests attended Animal Humane New Mexico’s 40th Annual Doggie Dash and Dawdle.

With a 5k, market with vendors, and a beer garden, this is the largest fundraiser of the year for the non-profit. Animal Humane has programs including taking in pets from more rural areas who need to be adopted and offering a community food bank for owners who need help feeding pets.

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Organizers said Sunday’s event helps them continue the important work.

“Animal Humane New Mexico is the state’s oldest and leading private non-profit animal welfare organization. So, we do not receive any city state or federal funding to help us fund our 26-plus programs to help us support New Mexican pets and people,” said PR and Media Manager Madison Beets.

The event ran from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and organizers said they are planning to hold another Doggie Dash next year.