Pets and pet parents donned their best Christmas outfits to celebrate the season and raise funds and awareness for Quincy Animal Shelter in Quincy, MA.
As reported by The Patriot Ledger, the event included a costume competition and a food spread, which earned the attention of some of the half-dozen canine competitors. The audience decided on the winner of the competition, and a golden doodle named Bubba Lou took home the top prize.
The event, which took place at the Victory Point Bar & Grill in Marina Bay last December 18, 2021, was attended by pet lovers who brought their pets, their best Christmas costumes, and donations for the shelter.
The Quincy Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that was founded in Massachusetts in 1999. Over its many years of service, the no-kill facility has homed over 7,500 cats and dogs, and its annual expenses amount to over USD 250,000.
The profit from the holiday charity event will help the animal shelter fund its ongoing programs, which include companion pet adoption for the U.S. military’s service and veteran members, spaying and neutering operations, and other community programs.
Facing the Challenges Brought About by the Pandemic
Sandra Sines, the president of Quincy Animal Shelter, shared some of the difficulties that the facility faced at the height of the pandemic during the fundraising event.
Chief among the shelter’s concerns is the lack of volunteers. Because of the staffing shortage, the animals brought to the shelter had to go through longer waiting periods before they could finally be spayed or neutered.
Among the donations that the shelter received during the fundraising event are treats, toys, and blankets. These items, plus essential pet merchandise like custom dog collars and leashes, can go a long way in helping shelters rescue lost animals, provide them with the care they need, and rehome them to loving families.
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