The Homeless Animal Rescue Team’s birthday bash on June 18 was a great success — in large part due to the generous contributions of local and county-wide merchants, along with individual donations of goods and services. Many thanks to everyone for your support.
If you didn’t come, you missed a great opportunity to hear a singing dachshund serenade the cats, see a miniature horse, get to know about local tortoise and turtle rescue, enjoy a birthday cupcake, take a chance on a great raffle packages, buy a “Sure Thing,” and get an autographed copy of “Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku,” from local children’s book author, Lee Wardlaw. (We still have a few autographed copies in our store).
This event was also our debut as a Purina retailer. At your request, we have added select Purina products, including litter. Some of these will be discounted for the month of August. Come see what’s new!
July also saw the launch of HART’s new website with many expanded and updated features. Visit www.slohart.org to see the new face of HART. While you’re there, we’d love for you to make a donation using Paypal. We are still struggling to pay the rent at our current facility and, though we are looking at other locations, thus far, none have been worth the tremendous effort that will be involved in moving all the cats, records, equipment and supplies. So we need some financial angels. Those contributions will allow us to continue to exist and to search for that new location.
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Luckily, a medical angel has recently stepped forward to cover expenses for some of our special needs cats whose futures had been uncertain. Evonne’s donation will enable AJ, Cleo, Ellie , Johnny, Paul, Shelley, Timothy and Wheeler to get the medical treatment they need to live healthy lives and become adoptable companions. Evonne is herself involved in animal rescue out of state and is the friend of long-time HART volunteer, Bonnie Ahlstrom.
HART invites you to participate in your local animal rescue group’s survival in non-monetary ways as well. HART has been selected to participate with San Luis Obispo County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SLOVOAD) during PG&E’s siren test on Aug. 27. We need a total of 25 volunteers that Saturday in order to receive a grant for $1,750 worth of supplies and equipment. If you can spare a couple of hours that day, we could sure use your help. Call HART at 927-7377 to sign up. After Aug. 9, we will have more specific information available.
Of course, we’re always in need of volunteer cleaners, groomers, socializers and office help, too.
We're looking forward to seeing our supporters and friends as we roll along in the Pinedorado Parade. We will have in-shelter specials for Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend; we’ll also be at Petsmart in San Luis Obispo on Sept. 10 and, don’t forget to come visit the shelter — we have kittens!!
For more on the Homeless Animal Rescue Team, call the shelter at 927-7377 or go slohart.org.