Home Free Animal Rescue Fundraiser
What started as a one woman animal rescue machine has since become a large network of people along the east coast on a mission to save pets from kill shelters and inadequate owners. Jen McFadden, founder of Home Free Animal Rescue, began her work fostering dogs in 2010. Her mission became to make adoption easier and more affordable. Focusing on what is known as last call dogs, McFadden has given a second life to some dogs nearly hours away from the end of their life.
Several measures are taken to ensure a battered pup is ready for adoption. Part of the process is fostering, which temporarily puts the dog in a safe environment while also acting as a trial run to understand the dog’s behavior, facilitating the adoption process. McFadden is better able to find permanent homes for these dogs after knowing the type of person or family with whom the dog would be most compatible. However, the needs for fosters covers only fifty percent of McFadden’s operation. The other half is monetary.
Ocean Grove office Manager/Broker, Angela Holder-Grassano and her sister Pam Heggie will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th at The Renaissance in Ocean to help Home Free Animal Rescue. This is their second year working with HFAR. Last year Pam and Angela hosted a small brunch at Rooney’s, raising a little over $600 through a gift basket auction.
Pam hit the pavement this year in an effort to make a bigger impact and has managed to attract the attention of corporate sponsors such as Pinebelt Auto Group and Intermodel Management Systems. While last year’s event featured approximately 85 gift baskets, they are anticipating over 100 baskets this year, which will raise funds in part with a 50/50 raffle. If all raffle tickets are sold, the prize will amount to $10,000. While some baskets have a value of over $700, all bids range from $25 to $200. Guests can expect a wide range of items from pet supplies and signed football jerseys to bikes and jeweler gift certificates.
Pam hopes to raise over $15,000 this year, which will help cover the cost of veterinary treatments for many dogs not only local but those currently being rescued from Texas as well. McFadden is anticipating a steep rise in the number of dogs looking for homes due to the recent catastrophic weather events. Treatments range from spaying and neutering to treating heartworm and other medical issues.
McFadden will not stop this mission, she says, “until every death row dog is home free.” Pam and Angela invite anyone who would like to support this mission to join them at The Renaissance for an exciting night out while changing the lives of many dogs who, as any dog lover knows, ultimately change the life of their owners.
To purchase your tickets, see contacts below. (Ask about buying the 50/50 tickets, too!)
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