October 11, 2010

2nd Annual Salty Paws Festival October 16, 2010 at Carolina Beach Lake

The 2nd annual Salty Paws Festival will be held October 16, 2010 (rain date Oct 17th) at Carolina Beach Lake Park. This event is a fundraiser that benefits the area animal rescue groups and will be fun for the entire family.

For more information:
http://savinganimalsduringdisasters.org

Saving Animals During Disasters is a non-profit organization based out of Carolina Beach, NC, providing disaster aid locally as well as other disaster areas in the southeastern United States. Saving Animals During Disasters was started the day after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. The haunting horror and devastation shown in the news showed the fear and desperation of the animals affected. The despair of animal lovers everywhere, came together and brought the hope and resilience of thousands of volunteers and the work began. Some were happy endings and some were not. Saving Animals During Disasters was formed primarily to help provide the essential care to animals during emergency situations in natural and man-made disasters. Man-made disasters are such as rescuing animals from puppy mills and dog fighters.

Our trailer transports vital supplies of medicine, bedding, food, etc… to safe-centers set up for animal rescue. Additionally, the trailer can be used for housing sick animals, housing worker-volunteers and transporting animals to safety in climate controlled comfort. When the trailer is not being used for emergencies, it is made available to other animal groups for fund raising and educating the public about the situations of disaster animals. This could be a man-made or natural disaster.

In effort to reach out to all animals in need, Saving Animals During Disasters works with other existing animal organizations to help eliminate some of their overhead and stress. Through the generosity of businesses and individuals, we are able to help many rescue organizations. Money is constantly going out to help special needs situations for medical bills, etc. We bring in approximately 40 tons of free pet food and treats per year and distribute it all to the groups which are in the most need. Several thousand per year is put into spaying and neutering of animals that would normally fall between the cracks. There is no way to count how many dog houses, bedding, crates and everything is else is collected throughout the the year and sent on to animals in need. Money is also raised by the all year collection of yard sale items and other various fundraisers.
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