Snowy Romp and Stomp event supports shelter (with photos) |

Snowy Romp and Stomp event supports shelter (with photos)

Despite the almost whiteout conditions in Grand Lake on Sunday morning, locals and their four-legged friends gathered at the Grand Lake Nordic Center to enjoy the fresh powder and raise money for Grand County Pet Pals.

For this year’s annual Romp and Stomp Pet Pals Fundraiser, participants could get an all-day pass to ski or snowshoe for $10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Jeri Peirce, secretary of the Grand County Pet Pals Board, noted there were fewer participants this year compared to previous years, likely because of the weather.

Past events had been blessed with sunny skies, Peirce explained. However, even the heavy snow couldn’t stop about a dozen participants from signing up by 11 a.m.

According to Grand County Animal Shelter director Mary Ann Kerstiens, the event typically raises an average of $750, between the registration fees and the silent auction.

Romp and Stomp is focused on raising awareness about spaying and neutering pets, so the shelter uses the funds raised to spay and neuter all of the animals.

The funds also go to vaccines for shelter animals and the shelter’s good samaritan fund, for community members to use on pet emergencies.

Aside from raising money to support the shelter, Kerstiens added the event is a way to encourage locals to volunteer at the shelter and spend time with the furry companions waiting to be adopted.

For more information about volunteering or adoption, visit

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