Dog Pack Walk at Ellwood

Caitlin Fitch

After learning how many dogs were dying in shelters across the country, Angela Adan created the Santa Ynez Valley–based nonprofit Deserving Dogs. “Now I’ve adopted out over 300 dogs in Santa Barbara County,” said Adan, who hosts a “pack walk” at least once a month at the Ellwood preserve. 
The outing caters to dogs with behavioral issues, but anyone can come out, support the cause, and enjoy a walk with plenty of furry friends. “I do a lot of dog-rescue activities,” said Faryn Kapala, who brought her dog, Riley (below), to this past weekend’s event, which included 49 dogs. “I just like to come out and support anything that helps animals.” 
During the walk, which lasts about two hours, Adan and other volunteers walk throughout the crowd providing advice and expertise, for free, to anyone in need of it. The end result is remarkable: Dogs who were growling, barking, and snarling at the beginning of the day are able to walk comfortably next to other dogs and people by the end.  
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Caitlin Fitch


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