Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ONE OF A KIND PET FUND RAISER

Saturday, August 28 – One of a Kind Pet Rescue and Clinic held their 4th annual fund raiser at Our Lady of the Elms Athletic Fields in Bath. Under bright sunny skies, OOAKP treated guests to a country barbecue dinner, hayrides, country music and dog agility demonstrations. 
Debbie Prinz & Augie
About 150 guests, some with their 4-legged friends in tow, looked over raffle and auction tables and perused gift items for purchase ranging from jewelry to dog and cat toys and grooming items. Most items up for grabs were only available via raffle tickets sold by my good friend, Ellen Otto and her friend Libby Upton (who co-chaired last weeks gala event benefiting Crown Point).  I plunked 5 raffle tickets in 5 different bins and won a beautiful hand-made fall wreath for my efforts! 

Sue Flowers and Mike Toth
Susan Flowers organized the event while One of a Kind founder Lisa Holland Toth, Director of Organizational Advancement Georjette Thomas, and Adoption Center Director Dawn Pokorny worked the crowd answering questions about the new Adoption Center being built on W Market Street in Akron due to open this fall.  Out of their current Adoption Center, they have placed nearly 1200 rescued animals in loving homes this past year.  Lisa says that they don't intend to increase those numbers greatly, however their hope is to create a more "home-like" environment to make the process of finding and adopting a new pet a more inviting process by allowing potential adoptive families to spend some quality getting-to-know-you time with the animal of their choosing before taking it home. 


Kids and adults were drawn to the pens in front of the big tent that held several puppies from the Adoption Center looking for forever homes. One of the Golden Retriver pups found a home - we can hope that some of the others will soon find a home too.  My friend Cathy Kalman, who attended with me, was drawn to the pups and it's easy to see how easy it would be to take one of these little gems home! 

Sue Wilson, Scott Wynn
& Georjette Thomas
Special guests Sue Wilson and Scott Wynn of WQMX Radio chatted with guests while country band Redneck, Incorporated kept our toes tapping to some familiar country favorites and a few original songs written by band members. For those of you who don't listen to QMX regularly, you may want to tune in on Thursday mornings to the station when OOAKP's Georjette Thomas does a weekly spot highlighting pets available for adoption through the organization.  Sue Wilson is a great supporter of OOAKP and it was announced at the barbecue that she and WQMX will be hosting a fund raiser for One of a Kind sometime this winter, so heads up for that!

Part of the band Redneck, Inc
Aside from the adoption center, One of a Kind Pets runs a busy Spay/Neuter Clinic working hard to establish a successful and aggressive spay and neuter program in Akron. In communities following this model, the euthanasia rate at local shelters is reported to decrease by as much as 70% in a just a few years. OOAKP veterinarians perform as many as 70 spay and neuter surgeries daily from their clinic located on W Exchange Street in Akron.  I tremendously admire the work they do at the clinic.  Anyone that has seen first-hand feral packs of cats and dogs roaming the back roads in our community should understand that it's far better to prevent the overpopulation rather than attempting to rescue and place them in homes.



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