Last week’s article was all about our Bark After Dark Dinner and Auction, a fundraiser for our non-profit group, Animal Shelter League of Rohnert Park (ASL). After reading it in the paper it occurred to me that you may not really know who and what ASL is and why supporting them is so important for our community. So here’s some background information!
I probably don’t have to remind you what was going on in our county the end of last October. Who could forget all the power outages, smoky skies and wildfire evacuations that affected so many of our residents? Our shelter was full, taking in animals of those who had to leave their homes and life in general was disrupted and chaotic. All that was happening just one week before our fundraiser, Bark after Dark, was scheduled to take place! Needless to say, with our focus on the evacuated animals and out of respect for all residents and businesses who were suffering from the situation, we made the tough decision to postpone our event.
OK, I know I’m a week behind but that might actually be a benefit since many people are too sleep-deprived and headachy on Jan. 1 to really take this seriously. And it is an important topic! What am I talking about? The need for every pet to have on an appropriate well-fitting collar with a current, readable ID tag (and license as required) and an up-to-date registered microchip! January 1 has been designated as “check your pets collars and tags” day but we can stretch it to this weekend, so you still have time to comply.