Dog wash and yard sale raises $3,000

June 19, 2005|by TARA REILLY

After bathing more than 50 dogs, selling more than 100 food items and watching dozens of yard sale goods leave with customers, the Humane Society of Washington County took in approximately $3,000 and called it a day.

"It gets bigger and better every year," Cindy Kalkbrenner, Humane Society director of development and community outreach, said of Saturday's third annual Dog Wash and Yard Sale.

"People were here banging down our doors at seven o'clock in the morning, and we didn't open officially until 10 a.m.," Kalkbrenner said.


Executive Director Paul Miller said such fundraisers are responsible for more than just bringing in money.

"Do they raise a lot of money? No, but they do a lot of exposure for us," Miller said during the event. "It's about how much information you were able to put out."

Miller said fundraisers are an opportunity for the Humane Society to answer questions from the public and to distribute information about the role of the organization. He said that role is more than just dealing with canines and felines.

"A lot of people think of us as dogs and cats, so we're reaching out to other pets, too," Miller said.

For example, Miller said the Humane Society is planning a horse ride fundraiser to be held in the fall. Kalkbrenner said the Humane Society takes in a variety of animals, including birds and ferrets.

Fundraisers also are a good way to stir the public's interest in adopting animals, they said.

"The lobby has been very busy today," Kalkbrenner said. "So, it's helped to generate a lot of traffic."

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