Dogs of all breeds sat with their owners from local pet rescues wearing “adopt me” collars waiting patiently at the 2nd Annual Hearts For Paws Car Show put on by Bizzy Bees Events.
For the second time, local animal adoption agencies and antique car owners teamed up to put together a fundraiser for animal shelters. There were dogs on site to adopt, as well as a row of antique cars of all kinds lined up on display with their owners relaxing next to them.
There were numerous stands of gift shops with Valentines Day items to purchase to help fundraise money to go to the local animal shelters. Jersey Mike’s Subs sponsored the event and donated 20% of their sales to the local rescues that participated in the event.
“We come to these events often, you know Jersey Mike’s is a wonderful supporter for the rescue community,” Ann Bridges said, founder and President of the Bailey’s Way Rescue foundation. “It’s good to get the exposure because it helps people find the right animal for them and their family.”
Five animal shelters participated in the event, which included Fortunate Ferals, HOPE, Bailey’s Way Rescue, A Roof For Rescue and the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Volunteers helped set up the vendors and organize the event.
Along with the car show, there was also music, raffles, a blood drive and a pet costume contest. All pets were eligible to be entered for a $5 donation to local rescues.
“We all support the lady that puts these events on,” Gene Calhoun said, owner of a 1967 Pontiac Firebird on display. “It’s for a real good cause and we like helping all we can. The cars bring a lot of people in.”
Dawn Mathisen, the event coordinator, hopes to continue this event every year. She puts on similar events often to raise money for different shelters.
“Bizzy Bees Events is passionate about fundraising and assisting in local animal rescue efforts,” Mathisen said. “We continue to provide ways for the rescues to gain exposure for adoptables and share in a combined team effort to raise much needed funds.”
This year, the event was a bit smaller than last year due to the fact that they ran their own car show as opposed to using a paid provider. This way, more money goes to the organizations rather than anything else.
Mathisen says she would like to see more people come out next year to support the event. Usually, they advertise the event through Facebook and other social media outlets instead of paying for advertising, so more money flows to the animal organizations.
“It brings awareness to some of these rescues and organizations,” Karen Bryce said, worker for HOPE. “A lot of people come for the cars and then they see the rest of the event with the dogs and it makes them wanna look around and find out more about it.”
Two of the dogs at the event were adopted and placed into approved permanent homes. The more people come out to the event, the more animals will get adopted. Bizzy Bees Events and Jerseys Mike’s Subs continue to put on events such as these to support local animal rescues for the community.
“I believe the whole community benefits,” Mathisen said. “The local rescues benefit in gaining exposure for adoptions and donations to help more animals in need. The support for the local rescues has been amazing and it is a wonderful partnership.”
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