It is that time of year again when DAS staff challenge themselves to raise money for our ever popular Neutering Scheme. The Neutering Scheme supplies eligible dog owners with vouchers that contribute towards the cost of getting their dog neutered or spayed. We believe this encourages responsible dog ownership and reduces the number of unwanted puppies. Last year 447 dogs were neutered with the help from DAS.
Throughout the month of April, the team will face a huge challenge of covering 674 miles by foot or bike. The goal of 674 miles is inspired by the legendary ‘Serum Run’ of 1925 by 150 sled dogs across Alaska to deliver vaccines for diphtheria, which saved local communities of Nome from an epidemic. Star dogs of the 1925 run were Togo and Balto that were praised for their astounding performance. These hero dogs risked their lives by taking part in this treacherous journey and DAS wishes to honour them by replicating their achievement – in a rather milder climate, but it is still Scotland in the spring! Although it took the sled dogs (and their human ‘mushers’) only 5.5 days to deliver the vaccines, our small team will attempt to cover the 674 miles in the 30 days of April.
You can watch the team’s progress on the DAS Facebook and Instagram pages where we will track the miles using a map of the Alaskan ‘Serum Run’ route from Nenana to Nome.
Please give to our cause if you can by clicking the Donate button on our website or you can also call the office on 0300 365 2500 to donate by phone.
Nenana to Nome. Source: GisGeography.com
If you would like to hear more about our work and what we are up to, read our Spring Newsletter 2023.