On June 1, the Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) honored the Strut For Strays fundraising efforts of 8-year-old Josie Johnson. She collected donations of $715, more than three times her initial goal of raising $200 to mark her eighth birthday. In all, the Strut, which took place May 10, brought in $23,250 thanks to the efforts of some 119 attendees and their dogs.

“One of the best things that happened to me last year was adopting my dog, Winston,” Josie wrote on her FirstGiving.com fundraising webpage. “For my birthday, Winston and I want to raise money for fellow dog friends to have a new home and better future. Dogs are living creatures too, and they need good lives. We are raising money to make sure they can have that.”

C.A.R.E. President Linda Gelb applauded Josie’s accomplishment on behalf of the organization’s volunteers. “Josie went above and beyond in her efforts to help animals,” Ms. Gelb said. “We thank her for outreach and passion, and look forward to welcoming her as a C.A.R.E. volunteer when she gets a little older.”

Ms. Gelb said Josie was the top non-C.A.R.E.-board fundraiser. To mark Josie’s
accomplishment, The Pony Shop, a C.A.R.E. supporter, presented her with a new bicycle.