Coastal Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E) encourages members of the community to support their third annual Pets Rock fund-raiser, which will raise money to help homeless furry friends in need. Taking place Friday, March 21st, at the Sir Tyler Terraces in Mayfaire Town Center, the shindig gets underway at 7 p.m.
The Atlantic Animal Hospital established nonprofit Coastal Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) in 2011. They focus on treating and finding animals loving new homes. Currently, C.A.R.E. does not have its own shelter, so their rescues stay at Atlantic Animal Hospital. Although they have limited space within the hospital, workers at C.A.R.E. remain thankful to access the medical care for animals they have rescued.
“Homeless animals are a problem in our society,” Heather Blount, C.A.R.E. board member and practice manager at Atlantic Animal Hospital, states. “Many people are unaware of the number of animals that are euthanized every year, not only because there are not enough people willing or able to adopt a rescue animal, but also due to the lack of medical care available to homeless animals.”
Blount recognizes that while there are many excellent nonprofit groups in our community that rescue and re-home dogs and cats, they often lack the funds and facilities to treat an injured or ill pet until it is well enough to be placed up for adoption. Blount and Dr. Laurie Parish, medical director of C.A.R.E., came up with the idea for the Pets Rock annual fund-raiser after having attended other events to benefit charitable associations.
“[We] thought it would be a great way to raise money and community awareness about our group,” Blount tells.
Although the Pets Rock fund-raiser is only in its third year, Blount has seen an increase in attendance from its initial event. In fact, funds doubled in the second year. She hopes this year will show the same trend. “$1,000,000—as they say, go big or go home,” Blount quips. “Seriously, $50,000 would be awesome.”
C.A.R.E. raised over $50,000 during the last two Pets Rock events. Their aim is to raise enough money to provide care for animals currently in the rescue, but their long-term goal is to reach $2 million so they can build the first and only veterinarian-operated no-kill shelter in the Wilmington area. C.A.R.E. uses the fund-raiser as a way to educate attendees about their mission and accomplishments. Currently, they’re housing 13 animals in the rescue shelter.
The cost to take care of one animal can range anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000, depending on the animal’s condition. “Initially, when we take an animal in, the funds go toward diagnostics, medical, and/or surgical care,” Blount details. “Then, once they are healthy, [proceeds go] toward training, socialization, shelter, and food.”
The Pets Rock event will be emceed by local newscaster Frances Weller, an adoptive pet-owner of C.A.R.E. “Her reputation in our community brings people to our event,” Blount comments.
The Bibis Ellison Band will provide live entertainment with original music, as well as cover songs ranging from Florence and the Machine to The Police. “We wanted a great sound that would appeal to a large demographic,” Blount explains.
Visitors can look forward to an enormous plethora of mouth-watering food from C.A.R.E’s sponsors: Buffalo Wild Wings, Terrazzo’s, Krispy Kreme, Szechuan 132, Moe’s, Bon Appetite, Middle of the Island, and The Olive Garden. Pizza, wings, tiramisu, egg rolls, meatballs … C.A.R.E is still seeing food sponsorships come in.
Szechaun 132 and Terrazzo’s are two restaurants that have helped with this event in previous years. Acccording to Blount, their donations have allowed the fund-raiser to continue in its success. “All of food donors have been so supportive of our efforts and very willing to help when our volunteers have asked,” Blount notes.
Also featured at the fund-raiser will be a silent auction. Various items will be up for grabs, such as vacation packages, autographed memorabilia, gift-certificates from businesses across Wilmington, jewelry, and more. Some of the donors include: Orbita, Two Wheeler Dealer, Jelly Beans, McAndersons, Seagrass Salon and Spa, and Torri/Bell.
C.A.R.E currently has up to 20 animals in their shelter. With a continued increase in support from the community through donations, C.A.R.E will be able to help more homeless animals in medical need and eventually find them loving homes. The evening will also include, along with C.A.R.E’s mission statement, some personal stories from adopters and a slideshow.
The Pet’s Rock
3/21, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Terraces on Sir Tyler Drive
Mayfaire Town Center
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