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Paws Disney VoluntearsThe Disney Dogs Pack team of nearly 300 Disney VoluntEARS and their furry family members woofed it up around Lake Eola Feb. 11 as part of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s annual Paws in the Park.

This year the pack contributed more than $14,000 to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO), which cares for homeless cats and dogs, and provides services and resources to animals with veterinary and shelter needs.

Paws Disney Voluntears“For the last 10 years, the Disney Dogs have ‘led the pack’ by being the top fundraising team, raising tens of thousands of dollars for pets in need,” said Cathy Rodgers, director of Development with PAGO.

In addition to the walk, Disney VoluntEARS greeted guests in the Disney Kids & Family Zone, helping them participate in activities focused on creativity, compassion and conservation. Guests created family trees with their handprints; wove together pet beds; made leaf art and animals; and participated in a recycling relay race (with and without their best friends). Families also queued up to take photos with Mickey Mouse and Pluto, who welcomed his canine pals at Camp Mickey in the zone.

“The hard work and dedication of the Cast Members who volunteer their time in the Disney Kids & Family Zone helps create a wonderful family and community-friendly area for attendees,” Rodgers added.

Walt Disney World Resort and Disney VoluntEARS have contributed more than $100,000 to PAGO since its love for the pet nonprofit started nearly 25 years ago. In 2015, Disney VoluntEARS steered $31,000 in EARS To You grants to the organization, and last year they were among the hundreds of volunteers who generously provided it more than 46,000 hours of volunteer service.

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