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Thank you for making Bidwell Bark our biggest community event EVER!!!

More than 2,000 people (and 1,000+ dogs!) converged in Lower Bidwell Park on September 28 for our annual Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival.  We were not only impressed by how strongly our community rallied together in support of animals in need - and had such a fun time doing it - but we were blown away by the fundraising success of our combined efforts. Together we raised around $107,000 for Butte Humane Society!!! 

The staff and volunteers who worked hard to create this event are thrilled and humbled by the tremendous support given to Butte Humane Society throughout Bidwell Bark. We are so grateful not only for your participation and generosity, but also for your patience as we continue to grow and develop this event.

Please join us in celebrating and thanking the hundreds of teams and event sponsors who made Bidwell Bark possible! To see the final fundraising leaderboards, sponsor/vendor links, and overall event info, go to To see photos from the event, visit our photo album on Facebook.

So many community members worked so hard to raise more funds and help more animals in 2013. We are very grateful for the extreme dedication and motivation of every participant, but are especially thrilled by the folks who went all-out to bring in unprecedented fundraising totals. Congratulations and THANK YOU to this year's top fundraisers!

"Leader of the Pack" Top Individual Fundraiser: Toube Benedetto, $6,205.50

"Leader of the Pack" Top Team Fundraiser: The Canine Connection, $14,719.50

2013 Veterinary Challenge Winner: Valley Oak Veterinary Center, $6,005.78

Top 5 Individual Fundraisers: Top 5 Team Fundraisers:
1. Toube Benedetto 1. The Canine Connection
2. Vic Makau 2. Tri Counties Bank
3. Teri Ryan 3. Spay Don't Litter
4. Curtis Chamberlain 4. Valley Oak Veterinary Center
5. Celina Westphal 5. Cleanrite Buildrite

To see the Top 10 rankings and the updated fundraising total, visit

Top 3 Human (Individual) 5K Finishers:

1.   17:56 - Heladio Punzo (who also placed 1st last year!)
2.   19:35 - Johnnie Sanders
3.   20:34 - Carson Sasaki

Top 3 Canine & Human Pair 5K Finishers:

1.   Steve Naiman & Zach (who also placed 1st last year!)
2.   BIB #105
3.   Hyland Fisher & Beulah

For full race timing results from Under the Sun Events, click here

Dog Costume Contest Winners:
Best in Show - "Big Bird" Moose Montana with "Oscar the Grouch" Megan Rawie
Most Crafty - "Prince and the Pauper" Kodi and his tortoise with Kay Larsen
Best Dog/Owner Duo - "Hot Dog & Vendor" Zeek with Jessica Pothier
Most Awww-Inspiring - "Sushi Roll" Penny with Keely Sterling

Thanks again to the many sponsors, donors, participants and volunteers who made Bidwell Bark possible! We had a blast celebrating with you, and we hope to see you all back next year.... last Saturday in September!