Women, scientists, and immigrants have all made their voices heard at Washington marches in recent months, but now a different tail-wagging constituency is about to be unleashed: pooches.
The “Bipawtisan March” on June 4 in the nation’s capital will bring together animal lovers and their canine companions for what organizers call a chance to show “that no matter what side of the aisle you stand on, the love we have for our pets transcends all political agendas and is a cause that we can all support.”
The effort, started by a group of local dog owners who met on Instagram, also aims to bring awareness about animal adoption and fostering. Money from registration fees will go to the Humane Rescue Alliance, according to the group.
“Recently, there have been many different types of marches and rallies throughout the country,” organizers of the Bipawtisan March said in a statement.
“It is not our intention to undermine the messages portrayed in other recent demonstrations,” the group said. “The focus will be on demonstrating that a diverse group of individuals can come together to show solidarity as animal lovers and advocates.”
Amber Duggan, who came up with the idea for the march back in January, tells ITK she’s hoping to get some support from politicians on both sides of the aisle for the event.
“If it’s successful, we’d like to see it become an annual event,” she said.
Participants, Duggan says, “will be bringing their dogs out to march with them, and are encouraged to represent their own individual beliefs and opinions (either through signs, clothing, etc.) while marching as a united group.”