In this upside-down year, Sarge’s reimagined the annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash, a fall tradition. Since a large gathering for a sit-down dinner with auctions is not safe right now, the event will be held as an online auction Oct. 21 – 25 on Facebook.
“When we realized we couldn’t have Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash, we still wanted to have some fun,” said Paula Gatens, Sarge’s board member and auction committee leader. “Many small businesses in Haywood County stepped up to help us with this effort. We are thankful for their continuing support. We have more than 150 items for the auction.”
Returning to the auction will be the ever-popular rights to have your pet pictured on the 2021 Sarge’s Dog Walk T-shirt. New this year will be the rights to have your pet featured as Pet of the Month on Sarge’s website.
Auction items include dog and cat items, collectibles, golf certificates, plus area store, restaurant, and brewery gift cards. New items include a stay in a Waynesville Main Street apartment, five days of dog camp, pet laser therapy sessions, a salt room experience, personal training sessions, and handmade beaded ornaments.
“As the holidays approach, the gift cards in Sarge’s auction will make great gifts, and are easy to mail for those who are gifting this holiday season,” said Fred Strohm, Sarge’s administrator.
Sarge’s will use the services of Helping PAWS, Inc. to administer the auction. Helping PAWS is a group of dedicated animal lovers who run online auctions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to rescue groups and animals in need.
Visit the Sarge’s FunRaiser event at: www.facebook.com/events/246139396749503; the auction will be active Oct. 21 – 25.
Sarge’s is grateful to Haywood County businesses, local artists and Sarge’s volunteers for donating items for the auction.
“Please join in the fun and help us take care of the homeless dogs and cats of Haywood County,” Gatens said. “Everyone is invited to log onto Facebook Oct. 21 – 25 and participate in the Sarge’s Furry Friends Online FunRaiser.”
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is at 256 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville. Visit www.sargeanimals.org, ‘Like’ Sarge’s Facebook page or call 828-246-9050.