Over the last few months the shelter participated in a variety of community events, including the Pinedorado Parade, Hospitality Night, the Christmas Tree Auction and the recent Art and Wine Festival sponsored by the Cambria Chamber of Commerce. All were great fun and introduced both locals and visitors to the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART).
We also extended our range to “far away” San Luis Obispo by participating in the “SLO Rumble” exercise organized by the SLO Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which assumed a 6.7 magnitude earthquake and asked member organizations how they would cooperate in responding to such a disaster.
It was important to become familiar with resources here in town and countywide which are available to all of us (people as well as animals) and for them to know how we could assist. With our Adopt-a-Pet-Mobile (present at the exercise for viewing) and available as an emergency evacuation vehicle, we could transport about 50 animals to a designated location.
Speaking of community involvement, as HART continues to evolve, we are looking to grow the retail sales revenue portion of the shelter. With the help of our new point of sale (POS) register, which helps us track sales, do inventory, generate coupons, etc., we are looking to expand what we carry and provide special orders on demand. We already added some “pet-people”-oriented items, but want to do more. So we are asking the community of Cambria, in particular, to let us know what they want beyond what we usually stock. You can contact us with your suggestions and ideas via e-mail or simply by dropping by. If you come in person, with this column in hand, we will give you a 15 percent discount on your purchase at that time. We would like to provide (in combination with other animal-related businesses in town) a complete, local shopping experience so you can all feel good about shopping locally and supporting our community. And you can also feel good knowing that profits from purchases at HART go to support our shelter animals. We are thinking about doing a monthly silent auction or raffle item in the shelter and have some very special things set aside. By the way, McNabb, our mascot cat, sends his Valentine’s Day greetings to all his well-wishers; he has fully recovered from his eye surgery.
We are taking our Adopt-a-Pet mobile to Petsmart in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, Feb. 12. Thanks to Petsmart’s participation, we are able to offer a special $29 cat package for all cats over 5 years old — not just on Feb. 12 — all the way through Feb. 20.
The Adopt-a-Pet Mobile will be in Cayucos on a yet-to-be-determined Saturday in March.There will be a birthday party at the shelter in mid-July and a rummage sale in May or August or both.
Love Paws events are tentatively set for March, August and/or November.For exact dates/details call the shelter or check the website.
Thanks for your continued support and don’t forget to do your own disaster planning by becoming aware of what help is available through the American Red Cross, SLOVOAD, etc. You may reach HART at 927-7377, email@example.com or view our website at www.slohart .org.
Claire Hawkins and Susan Barghini are members of the Homeless Animal Rescue Team Board of Directors.