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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008 2:23 am | Updated: 10:04 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gabriel’s Angels Walk-A-Thon and Doggie Beach Party will return to Gilbert’s Cosmo Dog Park on Saturday.

Nearly 1,200 people and nearly 700 dogs turned out last year for the event to raise money for the nonprofit organization, which trains dogs and owners to help heal abused and neglected children.

“There’s a lot of poochies out there,” said the group’s founder, Pam Gaber. “They’re all on a leash, so that’s good.”

The group has been holding the event for eight years — though it’s more like 56 years to the dogs.

“We want to really celebrate the bond people have with their animals as well as raise much-needed funding for our pet therapy program,” Gaber said.

This will be the second year the organization has had the event at Cosmo Dog Park, which has received repeated accolades, including being named the best dog park in the country by Dog Fancy magazine.

Last year’s event raised about $20,000 to be used to recruit and train pet therapy teams. The teams visit facilities in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

The visits provide children who have been abused with unconditional love and teach them compassion, nurturing and trust, according to the organization.

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