VANCOUVER, Wash. – The 25th annual 5K Walk/Run for the Animals took place at the Esther Short Park in Vancouver on Saturday.
For most dogs, the 5K was a walk in the park. But for one special pup, it was a milestone.
Last fall, Kazi was one of 25 dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm and put into the care of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.
“She was saved from certain death,” said Stacey Graham, president of the Humane Society for SWWA. “They were being raised to be slaughtered and used for food in South Korean restaurants.”
Even after several months of training, the one-and-a-half-year-old Japanese Mastiff could barely walk when he was adopted by Jason Fish.
"She never had a chance of doing anything a normal dog would do. Everything was new to her," Fish said.
Fish worked with Kazi and Saturday was an opportunity for her to shine.
“Looking into her eyes, and the trust we have, and the bond,” Fish said of his relationship with Kazi.
And just months after she could barely walk, Kazi completed the 5K with the rest of the dogs. It was a moment Kazi got to share with the love of her owner and the volunteers who helped bring her to the U.S.
“A lot of the volunteers with the Humane Society, they brought her to us and they deserve to see it,” Fish said. “It’s important for us that they get to see what happens.”