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.
We regularly get stories from those we’ve helped. Here we’ll share one so you can see what your donations do to help pets in distress and their owners:
Most of you are aware that on Monday August 18, there was a devastating fire that destroyed several homes on Ridgecrest Drive in northwest Reno. In the midst of this terrible tragedy, SAF had the opportunity to alleviate one person’s distress. SAF executive director Jennifer Webb lives on Ridgecrest and she went to the scene of the fire. There she found one of her neighbors, named Nan, who was cradling her cat in her arms. The kitty, named Nikki, had been injured in the fire. She had burned paws and singed whiskers and was suffering additional distress. Another neighbor advised Nan to take Nikki to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Nan replied that she didn’t really have the money to take Nikki to a vet.
Jennifer heard this exchange and stepped forward to offer SAF’s assistance to Nan and Nikki. So Nan took Nikki to a vet immediately. She was afraid the kitty was not going to survive. Nikki did in fact pull through but in addition to her external burns, her kidneys had been affected. Fast treatment did a great deal to insure that Nikki had a happy ending, and this treatment was made possible by SAF funds (which come only from your donations!).
An additional positive result from this very negative event is that KOLO News Channel 8 heard how SAF helped a cat that was injured in the Ridgecrest fire. They covered how SAF intervened in a news broadcast that aired on August 26. You can see this KOLO / ABC Newscast Video on our website. This television story gave SAF wonderful publicity and a great deal of air time. As always, exposure about the good work that SAF does can result in more growth and helping more pets and people.
This happy ending and many others were made possible only through the generosity of our donors, some of whom are listed on the SAF website. We are so thankful to all the people who care enough to give of their hard-earned money, and therefore help us help pets and people in need. We invite you to become one of our “angel partners” by making a donation too!
The monthly general meeting was held on August 27, at 143 Keystone Avenue at 6 pm. The public is always invited to our meetings and we hope to see you there sometime. Here is the latest news we discussed:
You may have noticed that the above address for the August meeting is not the usual place, which was the Brew House restaurant. While SAF was at the State Fair in August, the most wonderful thing happened! A most generous woman, by the name of Judy Adams, donated office space to SAF for free!! Thank you so much Judy!!
We are now housed in a cozy little building owned by Judy, which is located at 143 Keystone Avenue. It is just south of Second and Keystone, on the west side. The tiny but adequate space needs a little TLC but Judy is also going to donate paint and some work on the windows. The windows are super - huge and on three sides of the meeting room. We now have a chance to display signs for SAF, which will also state the need for both donations and volunteers.
We are so very excited and grateful to have our own space and physical location. The potential uses for this office include: the credibility a physical location will provide SAF when it comes to potential substantial donors; storage for raffle items for our fund-raisers; perhaps meetings for our Pet Loss Support Group; and a place for our own monthly meetings.
The generosity to SAF continues in the form of donations of items to furnish the office space. A gentleman by the name of Bob Lindsay of Fernley has donated several office furniture items which include a copy machine, phone system and filing cabinets. Carl’s Office Furniture has also donated a banquet table which we can use for meetings. We do still need folding chairs, if anyone out there can help with that.
We plan to have limited office hours, during which someone will be present at our new office. The days and times are still in the planning stages but we will need volunteers to be there. This would be a great quiet place to get away to get some work done on your laptop, or to read that new novel that has been waiting patiently for you! Please contact Jennifer if you can spare some time to help us.
A great deal of the help SAF can give to pets and people is dependent on the money we can generate at our annual fund-raiser. In previous newsletters we have talked about our Halloween Howl, the costume party for both people and their pets being held at the Livestock Events Center on October 18th at 6 pm.
In addition to sales of entry tickets, sales of silent auction tickets for items to be won is a major component of the funds we can generate. However, at this point, we have very few items and could use more.
If you are a good customer at a business somewhere, we'd love you to you ask for just one item or service they would be willing to donate for this valuable cause. It's easy and it's great exposure for their business! Stores, restaurants, wineries, salons, any type of service business are just some examples of businesses that might be willing to donate an item or service.
One really cool item we do have for the raffle is a pair of round trip tickets on Southwest Airlines, that they were generous enough to donate. The plane tickets are good for anywhere that Southwest flies. For all raffle items, tickets are being sold for $5 at events where SAF is present from now until Halloween Howl. The winners will be announced at the party, but they need not be present to win.
If there is anyone who would be willing to spearhead the effort and be in charge of gathering silent auction items, please email Jennifer as soon as possible.
There are other areas where we really need extra volunteers too. One is helping to staff our table at PetCo, to tell people about Halloween Howl and sell entry tickets and raffle tickets. To get the word out, we are sending invitations to those on our mailing list. However, we really need many more people to attend, so our efforts to promote it by being at these locations is crucial.
Have We Mentioned We Need Your Help With ...
Volunteering for Halloween Howl!!
Volunteering for staffing tables at events and appearances!!
Gathering products and services for the Halloween Howl silent auction!!
Important News - our Calendar Of Events is now available on our website by clicking here. Check it at will to see what is coming up and remember - we need your help staffing these events.
Ending on a fun note, SAF was recently represented at an Animal Fair sponsored by Animal Medical Center on Peckham Lane. A pharmaceutical representative who was at the fair offered SAF the use of a huge inflatable doggie that normally rents for $400. We are getting it for free and it will be a whimsical touch to the other decorations at our Halloween Howl.
September 19 - 21, 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 8, Pet Loss Support Group - 6 to 8 pm at the Northwest Reno Library at 2325 Robb Dr, Reno. This is for people who want support (or to give support) after losing a beloved pet. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.
October 12, PetCo Public Awareness Sunday - join us at the South Virginia store from noon to 2 pm or 2 to 4 pm.
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.
October 22, SAF General Meeting - come at 6:30 pm to see our new space at 143 Keystone Avenue and become involved in our cause which is so needed. Who else does what SAF does?
October 24 - 26, Home Show - to be held at the Convention Center, this is another mammoth event over several days for which we will need many volunteers. There will be a substantial number of people to whom we can introduce SAF. This promotion and networking will undoubtedly result in good things for SAF, which in turn will result in our being able to continue to help as many pets and people as possible. Please be there!
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!