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PAWS CHICAGO: Animal Magnetism
A Night to Paws Gala - Doberman Rescue Minnesota
WHEN: Staurday, Nov 10, 2018 6 PM – 10 PM CST
WHERE: Columbia Golf Course – 3300 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418
This night is focused on raising much-needed funds for the dogs in our rescue program.
Join us for a social hour, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, comedy show, photo booth and more!
Special celebrity hosts Bob and Samantha Sansevere
Comedy show by Bryan Miller
Suggested attire: Cocktail
No Dog Gets Left Behind 2018 Fall Ball - Warminster, PA
WHEN: October 26, 2018, 7:00PM-11:00PM
WHERE: The Fuge, 780 Falcon Circle, Warminster, PA
Event Update! Best Friends Animal Society Event - DC
The Best Friends Animal Society event was a huge success! Check out all that is helped support. Thank you to all those that took part in the event and organization nation wide.
Who: Best Friends Animal Society
When: September 14, 2017 / 6-10 pm
Where: Avenue Suites Hotel in Georgetown, Washington, DC
Rex Specs: We're looking forward to this event - tell us a little about it.
Best Friends: We are hosting a citizens' campaign to benefit Best Friends Animal Society - the largest no-kill shelter in the country. We have great sponsors including Tito's Handmade Vodka and REX SPECS (!) to help make this evening unforgettable.
Rex Specs: What is your organization's goal for this event?
Best Friends: To raise awareness and funds to help Best Friends Animal Society save them all. Best Friends has a goal to make all shelters in the country no-kill by 2025 - we are uniting to help realize that vision for them while having some fun!
Rex Specs: What impact on the community do you hope this event will bring?
Best Friends: We hope folks will be more open minded toward rescue pets and feel empowered by doing something positive in response to animal welfare and pets who lost their homes after Hurricane Harvey. It's time we had more positivity to focus on with all the negative news recently.
Rex Specs: What are the one of the biggest challenges facing Best Friends Animal Society?
Best Friends: One of the reasons I became more involved in my recent years is that we noticed DC had so many breed legislation, restrictions, and stigma against rescue animals. Whether it’s based on size or breed, DC metro businesses and citizens have limited resources to make them more understanding of the issue at hand.
Rex Specs: What are you, as an entity, particularly proud of?
Best Friends: Best Friends has an amazing model to only do happy campaigns – meaning no Sarah McLaughlin, no flies on faces, truly happy and hopeful stories. They are also trying to rethink the ‘shelter’. Their NY SoHo location is the first, small step toward this accomplishment, but the long-term vision is to make a shelter more like an Apple store so that it’s a place you can come to buy pet related items, receive veterinary and training help, and adopt at the same location. They want to change the stigma of a shelter and its guests.
They [Best Friends] was also the organization that stepped in after the Hurricane Katrina disaster to rescue, reunite, and adopt out animals affected by the disaster. So many pet lovers refused to evacuate their homes during the crisis because the relief shelters did not allow animals. Best Friends made a legislative change to have relief shelters accept owners and their crated pets. When Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast after Katrina, we saw a tremendous difference in reaction. Currently, their efforts in Texas after Hurricane Harvey (and Irma) is equally powerful and efficient.
BFAS also were key in responding after the Michael Vick scandal. They trained, rehabilitated, and adopted out so many of the dogs that became to be known as “Victory Dogs” (Documentary on Netflix). It helped further share with the world that dogs are forgiving and are not innately bad based on breed. The biggest difference between Best Friends and other organizations is that every penny of an individual’s contribution will go directly to the programs. So many charities take 30%-60% of your dollar to pay their employees, or host another fundraiser. Best Friends promises 100% of an individual contribution goes directly to the animals.
Rex Specs: How can other's help out and donate easily?
Best Friends: Yes! Donations can be made easily online
Donate to this event: DONATE NOW!
Donate to Best Friends Animal Society (general): HELP NOW!
Even if you can't attend our DC event we want to help out hurricane relief efforts as much as possible. In addition, you can also see on their website if Best Friends has a chapter, or network partner near you. Here you can volunteer, help with pet transports, host your own personal fundraiser, and donate supplies. Lastly if you can, adopt a pet of your own through Best Friends and speak up for the voiceless.
Rex Specs: Thank you for sharing about Best Friends. Is there anything else folks should know about your great organization and upcoming event?
Best Friends: Our hope with the event is to increase education and awareness about rescue animals and to help people become more open minded and open hearted toward rescue pets and perhaps breeds they weren’t fond of before. Not every dog is a perfect companion and it takes an incredible amount of patience. No way are we suggesting everyone should be perfectly fine adopting a bully breed. But we are increasing the thought process around the adoption and the shelter process in place to deem an animal “aggressive”. Our younger pup – Page – took nearly a year to open her heart fully to my husband and I. She relied heavily on our older pup, Phoenix, so it took extra long for us to gain her trust. Now, I am so confident to say she is our BIGGEST cuddlebug and loyal baby with very special talents. Raising awareness on patience and persistence is key.