Shawnee's SPAR group will be holding a salad luncheon fundraiser on May 10 at First Christian Church on Broadway from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where they will be serving salad and deserts to raise money to go toward furthering adoptions for pets in need of homes.
SPAR (Saving Pets At Risk) is a non-profit rescue corporation dedicated to finding homes for homeless and abandoned animals in Shawnee and the surrounding areas.
All contributions to SPAR are tax deductible and 100 percent of the donations go to the animals in need. These donations help pay for vet bills and provisions for the animals, like food.
The late Wes Beck started SPAR in 2005 when he wanted to help more animals than he could help alone. Two of the founding members are still active in SPAR, including Sherry Claybrook who said that SPAR's goal is to some day have a low budget spay and neuter clinic in Shawnee for those who can't afford to take their pets anywhere else. She said that population control is the biggest problem that causes animals to be on the streets.
Joann Roberson, president of SPAR, said it is not uncommon for litters of puppies or kittens to be left on their doorsteps because people have no where else to keep them. She also stressed that it is very important to get your pets spayed or neutered and it is in the best interest of you and your pet to get that process done.
SPAR is a volunteer only corporation and they are in need of more foster homes for the animals awaiting adoption. Because they do not have a facility, they rely on foster homes or boarding facilities to take care of animals. Right now they have more animals coming in than they have foster homes.
"Since the start of the year we have re-homed 69 animals, some of which we take out of state," said Claybrook.
She said that every year the numbers of animals they find homes for goes up, which is a great thing. She is hoping that more people will hear stories of rescued pets and see the impact they make on their owners.
"The biggest problem is fosters and money," said Roberson.
She hopes that more people will be interested in fostering and donating and the corporation will continue to grow.
"All donations are tax deductible," she said.
Another issue Roberson and Claybrook agree is becoming larger is people not designating a home for their pets once they move into retirement homes or can no longer care for their pets.
Piper, a basset hound/beagle mix adopted by Pat Fisher, of Shawnee, could greet attendees of the salad luncheon. Fisher found Piper one day cowering in a pipe on the side of the road and after hours of coaxing, Piper was rescued. Claybrook said she hopes people will get to see how great it is to own a rescue dog.
Page 2 of 2 - Takeout is being offered for the salad luncheon for those unable to stay and eat. One thing SPAR is promoting at this event is gaining sponsorship and fosters so the corporation can provide for more animals.
SPAR will also be at Doggie Spot Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with animals up for adoption.
For more information about fostering, adopting or sponsoring pets, visit SPAR's website at sparshawnee.org.