SAF (Shakespeare Animal Fund) is a volunteer organization dedicated to financially assisting low income pet owners when their pets are in need of emergency veterinary care.
Summer is busy for everyone and SAF is no different. We're putting a lot of energy into the Halloween Howl coming up in October. In addition, the Pet Loss Support Group continues to meet every month and we're spreading the word about helping pets and their owners at PetCo. See the Upcoming Events section below for dates and details.
Also, you can now see all of the upcoming events at the SAF website. We've just installed a calendar of upcoming events that shows a month at a time. It's an easy way to see the exciting things SAF is doing. You can find the calendar here:
Next month we plan on resuming our more complete newsletter, but today's issue will just focus on upcoming events.
Thanks for your understanding and support... and have a great summer! We'll be back with more in September.
August 13, Pet Loss Support Group - For people who want support (or to give support) after losing a beloved pet. The group meets to help grieving pet parents from 6 to 8 pm at the Northwest Reno Library at 2325 Robb Dr, Reno. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
August 17, Our Second PetCo Sunday! We need people from noon to 2pm and from 2pm to 4pm at the South Virginia St PetCo. These appearances will generate much needed donations, new members and new volunteers for us. Come have fun meeting and greeting fellow pet lovers while helping spread the word about SAF helping pets and people in need.
September (date pending) Cat Show - We have been invited by the Silver Cats Club of Reno to represent SAF at their international 3 day cat show being held at the Grand Sierra Resort. The show will be huge, with many participants. We really need volunteers to staff the table over the 3 days. Robin Hendrickson, president of the Club and show manager, has generously given us a table for without cost, so please help us take advantage of this opportunity.
OCTOBER 18th, 6 - 9 pm, SAF ANNUAL FUND-RAISER, a.k.a. “HALLOWEEN HOWL” - This is our largest event of the year and a major source of fund-raising for SAF. Please help us make it a success by telling everyone you know! We need help to get the word out!
This special night is going to be a one-of-a-kind COSTUME BALL FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS. It will be held at the Reno Livestock Events Center, Exhibit Hall and is being coordinated by Karen Nichols. You and your pet can come in costume and enjoy the many activities including having your photo taken with your pet, a fortune teller, a pet psychic, various prizes for different categories of costumes and raffles of many wonderful prizes. There will be many vendors there that will allow you and your pet to trick-or-treat among them. Please mark your calendars and start thinking about your costumes!
We will need LOTS of help to put on this event, so please consider volunteering.
Staffing Tables at Events - Come join us at our informational tables at upcoming events. This is a great way to learn all about SAF, especially if you want to help represent SAF at future appearances. Your help is important for two reasons - most everything we do, including these appearances, is aimed at raising money to be able to help more pets and people. And, we have a shallow pool of volunteers at this time so those who have been willing to staff the tables up until now have had a lot of hours to cover and could use a little relief!
PetCo "Get the Word Out" Events - We have a regular, ongoing need for people to man tables at PetCo. It is fun to get away from it all for a few hours, sit and chat with other animal lovers. You'll spread the word about SAF, help raise money and gather volunteers. That’s a lot of good that can be done in less time than it takes to watch a football game!
Board Members, Committee Members, Committee Chairpersons - If you have a special interest or way that you would like to help companion animals and their owners, chances are we have a need for it. The more varied the expertise of our members and partners, the more good we can do. Please contact Jennifer to get an overview of our needs.
Thanks for reading our news and we would love to hear from you!