Ever wonder what the life of a shelter dog is like? Volunteers of The Brittany Foundation, a no-kill dog rescue in Agua Dulce, CA, will find out during "A Day in Their Paws" on November 7, 2015.
For 24 hours, volunteers will live in a kennel at The Brittany Foundation Animal Sanctuary with the homeless dog of their choice to raise awareness of how shelter dogs live day after day, taking breaks only to eat and use the restroom. The kenneled volunteers will raise money for the non-profit organization by having sponsors buy their freedom at $1 per minute.
The Brittany Foundation will also host an open house from 12 noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, so that the public has a chance to tour the sanctuary and meet their adoptable dogs.
The "Day in Their Paws" open house will feature a silent auction and raffle, plus refreshments from Margo's Bark Root Beer, to raise funds for The Brittany Foundation, which has seen a significant decline in donations in recent years due to the economy.
Heather Mohr of Santa Clarita, who spends one day a week volunteering at The Brittany Foundation, says: "I love participating in A Day in Their Paws because it brings together so many of our volunteers and supporters in one place. This year, I'm working another area of the event, but I'm also sponsoring Bright Eyes and Simba. They're part of a group of near-feral dogs we took in many years ago from an animal hoarder. Sponsoring them is one way that I can raise awareness of the negative effects hoarding has on animals, while raising money so we can continue to care for them for the rest of their lives."
Founder Nancy Anderson started the non-profit in 1991 and has since placed well over 2000 dogs, many of which had been pulled from death row at county shelters or puppy mills across Los Angeles.
Anderson hopes that the community will come out to support the volunteers and consider adopting a Brittany Foundation dog during a "Day in Their Paws."
"Every dog we adopt out creates a space for another dog we can save. If you're not looking to adopt, you can still lend a hand by sponsoring a volunteer or coming by the open house," she said. "With everyone's help, this could be our biggest fundraiser ever and allow us continue to save lives well into next year."
Look out for Heigl Hounds MJ, Misty, Arco, Nutella, and Gizmo who you can support in the "Day in Their Paws" fundraiser. Please spread the word about the event and lend a helping hand.
"Day In Their Paws" Open House, Saturday, Nov. 7, 12 noon. - 4 p.m. Corner of Sierra Highway and Anthony Road, Agua Dulce, 91390. Follow signs to sanctuary. For more information, call (661) 713-5240, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brittanyfoundation.com. The Brittany Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity. All donations are tax deductible.