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.
Bark after Dark, a Dinner and Auction (both silent and live) is the annual major fundraiser for our non-profit group, the Animal Shelter League of RP (ASL). We count on ASL to subsidize numerous important programs and medical services above and beyond what the city’s budget covers. Many of the shelter’s animals come to us with severe injuries and illnesses that need special care. Thanks to ASL, animals that have broken limbs, damaged eyes, extreme dental disease, or need laboratory workups to diagnose and treat illnesses are all able to be saved and treated. Due to a recent rash of animals needing veterinary care, ASL’s budget has been severely impacted -- and we were really counting on Bark After Dark to refill their coffers!
This was the second time ASL had to cancel their fundraiser. The fires in 2017 also coincided with Bark after Dark and caused it to be postponed. What are the chances that it would happen again? It was a scramble to cancel the location, the caterer, the MC and refund everyone’s ticket money. Our event committee was disheartened by the loss of money already spent on event advertising that could not be replaced -- but agreed that we needed to shake off the past and jump into rescheduling this fundraiser that now seems more important than ever!
So ASL proudly invites you to join us for the rescheduled event Sat., February 22, 6:30-10 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center! We have over 100 wonderful items for auction including one-of-a-kind artwork and handcrafts, gift cards to restaurants and local entertainment, pet services and supplies, wines and winery tours and so much more! Live auction items include an afternoon on the bay, a flight over Sonoma County, Dinner for 4 by our local fire heroes including a tour of the fire station and more.
If you are not able to join us for this event please know that donations are always welcomed and can be given through the ASL website, animalshelterleaguerp.org. We certainly hope, though, that you will join the fun and help make this event a high point of the year! Tickets are just $35 in advance and are available now at tinyurl.com/BarkafterDark2020 or at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. Mark your calendars, purchase your tickets, and prepare to eat, bid and enjoy knowing that you have directly helped animals in need! Thank you for supporting ASL!
No More Lost Pets – free microchips and pet ID tags for residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati City. Stop by the shelter during our open hours with your pet to get one! The shelter is open Wed. 1-6:30, Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 1-5:30 and Sun 1-4:30 p.m..
Fix-it Clinics – Free spay and neuters for cats; and $60 dog surgeries (up to 80 lbs.) for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents. Call 588-3531 for an appointment.
Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.