Crossroads Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation holds Jingle Bell Walk
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Chyanne Lakey smiled as she handed a pet owner a bell to tie to the dog's collar.
Crossroads Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation held the first Jingle Bell Walk during Market Day on Saturday afternoon in Riverside Park.
The group set up a booth selling baked goods and handed out dog treats and bells to dog owners. The dogs and their owners could then participate in the Jingle Bell Walk.
The walk is one of the first events for Crossroads Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation since the nonprofit organization formed in September.
It all started earlier this year, when Lakey was at the pound. She spotted a Cocker Spaniel with puppies who was about to be euthanized.
"My friend and I got on the phones and before you knew it we'd found homes for those dogs," Lakey said.
After that, she started going to the pound looking for pets in need of rescue. In September, Lakey and a few other community members got together to formally create a new pet rescue organization.
During the past few months the group has rescued between 10 to 15 dogs, Crossroads president Anais Beaumont said.
Once the animals are rescued, local animal hospitals have worked with the group to help the animals get vaccinated and spayed or neutered.
Those who adopt the animals sign a contract, with a strict clause that the animals are to be returned to Crossroads if the new owners should decide to get rid of them.
"All of these animals have been here for us. We know that man can be inhumane to man, but we don't need to be inhumane to animals," Beaumont said.
The volunteers have been holding various events to raise money to get the pet rescue center legally established as a nonprofit organization. They should be official in January, Lakey said.
On Saturday dog collars jingled with bells and people clustered around to buy baked goods and dog treats to support the center.
Victoria resident Elma Ybarra walked away with arms full of baked goods. She said she bought the things as a way to support the cause.
"I love animals. They're just like us, and it's important that we take care of them," Ybarra said.