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Owners and their dogs take part in "HK Doggie Dash 2018", an event held to raise money for for abandoned and surrendered dogs in Hong Kong on April 15, 2018.
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Dog owners, their pups, and passersby looking for a four-legged show gathered for the first inaugural Hong Kong Doggie Dash on Sunday to watch pugs and dachshunds in adorable bandanas compete in a race to benefit the Hong Kong Dog Rescue.

Owners and their dogs take part in
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Dogs were registered to compete for a fee of HK$130 (about $17). Their entire fee was donated to the dog rescue, which works to re-home local dogs in need. And the event wasn’t exclusively for dachshunds and pugs — canines of all breeds were there to enjoy the race.

But the Doggie Dash was not just for raising funds and spotting cute dogs. The organizers also used the event as an opportunity to educate the community about animal ownership.

Owners and their dogs take part in
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“There are lots and lots of dogs that are abandoned each year in Hong Kong,” Marilyn Ho, one of the organizers, told The Japan Times. “We need to educate the Hong Kong public that dogs are not just commodities and possessions, that they are living beings who have feelings.”

Despite the rainy weather on Sunday, people from all over the world flocked to the neighborhood of Sheung Wan to see the race. In addition to bandanas, some competitors wore full costumes. The winners of the race were treated to a prize, too: a well-deserved doggie spa day.