The AWL's team of dog walkers gathered on June 10th to get to know one another, share good food, and stories about their favorite dogs! Special thanks to head dog walker Julie Keck who organized the fun afternoon. View photos below.
Did you Know?
Our shelter dogs are walked are several times a day, 365 days a year
by our fabulous dog walkers (a team 17 strong along with 22 dog helpers!)
Wonderful weather, great friends (and the opportunity to meet new ones), a scenic trail, plus adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes guaranteed a fun time for all at our Walk & Wag-A-Thon on May 8th.
Over 75 registered walkers and volunteers, along with 40 of our four legged friends, walked along the Balboa Trail to support the AWL. (View photos on the gallery below).
We are grateful to everyone who registered to walk, and especially to their family members and friends who sponsored their walk. Nearly $9,000 was raised to help care for our adoptable pets.
Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Clampit's Country Kitchen, Brookshires, ReMax, Barkansas Pet Supply, and Artfully Baked & Brewed for providing treats and refreshments; and to Village True Value and Ike Eisenhauer at State Farm for their contributions.
Cleverly dressed up K9s and their owners enjoyed the 1st Annual K9 Costume Party on the patio of the DeSoto Club on Halloween. A special thank you to Bryan Garrett, Food and Beverage Manager, for orchestrating the fun filled event. Guests enjoyed a lunch of hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and beverages, as well as a variety of salads. Anita Cox and her daughter Toni from Sweet Treats Bakery provided baked treats, with all proceeds from the lunch sales supporting the Animal Welfare League.
Thanks to everyone's generosity, more than $500 was raised for AWL programs!
The highlight of the afternoon was the "Pooch Parade" and gift cards to POA restaurants were awarded for the best dressed K9s.
Thanks also to Bryan's staff at the DeSoto Club, and to Kim Massey, Human Resources Manager, for their valuable assistance.
We also want to thank Ben E. Keith Company and Miller Lite for sponsoring the event.
3rd place - $25 GC to "Sophie - the Batgirl" and Liz Lovelace
2nd place - $50 GC to "Poppy - the Bad Pet" and Sue Avery
1st place - $100 GC to "Jessie - the Budweiser Dog" and Allison & Mark Allen
This raucous girl’s night out happens every other year, and has gathered loyal followers because of the night’s entertainment and dinner. Catered food, wine fountain, a bit of shopping, style show, and the highlight – a performance by our very own “Cheapendales” dancers.
AWL’s largest fundraiser is held every other year, and has been a repeat success through the years. Participants enjoy a gala evening with dinner and hundreds of auction items to review. A raffle is one of the highlights of the evening with superb prizes available. It is basically a flashy evening for all.
Often AWL sponsors miscellaneous special events, such as dog walks/shows, charity days at local businesses, adoption events, or other fun events that are not recurring, and from which AWL receives support.
The “No-Fleas” Flea Market & Bake Sale on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Coronado Center was the biggest and most profitable one to date!
Despite all the COVID protocols in place, the enormous amount of donations
dropped off on Friday evening was unprecedented.
According to Chair Beverly Fitzpatrick, “I could not have predicted in my wildest dreams the amount of donations that started pouring in Friday night.”
The momentum continued throughout the sale on Saturday, when shoppers searched for bargains that filled not only the auditorium of the Coronado Center, but also two adjacent rooms. From small furniture to big bicycles, home goods to sporting goods, power tools to jewelry and collectibles, and merchandise for our four legged friends, buyers had many choices, including tempting baked treats.
Through their generous purchases and donations, more than $5,300 – record earnings for the “No Fleas” Flea Market - was raised to benefit the Animal Welfare League. All proceeds will go directly to care for the AWL’s homeless pets, and is especially appreciated in a year when COVID prevented the Girls Gotta Howl fundraiser.
Special thanks to KVRE radio for promoting the event, the hard working staff at the Coronado Center, the fabulous bakers, and the tireless volunteers who helped make the event so successful.
"No Fleas" Flea Market 2019