Dogbomb Leads Furry Fandom To Highest Fundraising For ALS Cure Event

by Tuck Tucker

Inspirational furry, Vet Tech, and champion of ALS awareness Dogbomb (Tony Barrett) has led the fandom with a notable achievement for charity.  In the second weekend of November, a small army of furry supporters came out for his Walk To Defeat ALS event in Southern California. Their goal was to raise awareness and research funds for this fatal disease with no cure (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Patch O’Furr spoke to San Francisco Bay Area furry Zarafa Giraffe, after his return from the weekend in SoCal. It drew furries who drove from Northern California and even flew in from other states. Zarafa gave a rough estimate of 75-100 furries at the walk that he estimated as mid to high hundreds – making them a significant chunk of the whole event, as well as a third of the entire donations.

The walk synched with a FurBQ where Zarafa estimated 300 in attendance (perhaps the high end of size for local furmeets less formal than cons). Meeting many new members encouraged him to make more trips to participate. That’s the kind of snowball effect that builds up to bigger things, and gives them power to reach out and make the world better.

That fandom power propelled both Dogbomb and the furry team all the way to the top of the fundraising leaderboard on the webpage.

See past stories from 2011 and 2018 about Dogbomb and his outstanding fursuiting.

Tony Barrett, the human behind the dog, was diagnosed with ALS in early 2018, putting this already well known member of fandom even further in its heart. He chronicles the disease’s progress with pictures and tweets on his Twitter, @dogbomb1. While ALS’s effects are devastating, as it weakens muscles to the point where the person is unable to do everyday tasks, Dogbomb has kept his sense of humor throughout, saying “ALS can Kiss My Fuzzy Butt!”.

For example, he posts a picture for every fall he has taken, with commentary of his surroundings on the floor:

He also has encouraged the fandom to not quit and keep moving forward, no matter what’s stacked against you. The message comes with videos and pictures of him walking around, well past the date of when he was told by doctors that a wheelchair would be necessary.

The fandom’s appreciation for Dogbomb isn’t just shown in the donations they have sent in. Many fans are also doing encouraging Tweets and responses to him.  Here’s ones from Scotty Minotaur, and Gale Frostbane, with Back Paw Scratcher echoing the sentiment:

The Walk to Defeat ALS is a yearly fundraiser put on by the ALS Association. Walks are scheduled throughout the US, at different locations through the year. Individuals and teams compete to raise the most money in sponsorships. This walk, in conjunction with the Ice Bucket Challenge, are two of many ways that the ALS Association raises funds and awareness for research to help treat and prevent ALS.

Dogbomb’s walk was November 10th, but they’re still accepting online donations. To donate to his campaign, search for “Tony Barrett” on the donations page.

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Donate what you can

Please go to  for more information on ALS, or to find your local ALSA chapter. You can help wherever you are.

According to Zarafa Giraffe, the fundraiser organizers told the Dogbomb team: “We don’t know how you’re doing this, but keep it going!” So what was the secret to their amazing achievement? Can science find out?

There’s no secret, it’s just an instinct. Call it a furry thing.

– Tuck Tucker and Patch O’Furr

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