Event set for Saturday to benefit local animal shelter
by Rachel Davis
Aug 01, 2013 | 1715 views | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteers at the Walker County Animal Shelter are working hard to improve the conditions for the animals and help the community, but an outdated facility and lack of funding have been lingering problems. The group of volunteers started brainstorming on an event to raise funds, supplies and awareness of the shelter’s efforts.

At the same time, Scott Crump Toyota Scion’s employees were trying to organize a community yard sale and looking for ways to help a local organization. The groups joined forces and will host a yard sale, car wash and adoption event and supply drive at the Toyota dealership this Saturday beginning at 7 a.m.

“It just all tied together perfectly,” Jasper City Council member Jennifer Williams Smith said. “Toyota had hosted fundraisers for the shelter in the past so they have a running relationship with the shelter.”

Once word got out about the event, Smith said members of the Walker High School football team asked if they could host a car wash at the site to assist with the fundraiser as part of the “Vikes Give Back” program.

“I’m so proud of them for doing this,” Smith said.

They weren’t the last group to get involved, Smith said she has gotten calls from several organizations this week who want to be involved. Savannah Polar Ice, Crazy Beautiful Salon, Rick’s Artistic Touch and other businesses will be on site to help with the fundraising efforts.

There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, smoked turkey, cotton candy, fried Oreos and other foods available for purchase.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the shelter.

The group will also be trying to fill a truck with supplies for the shelter.

The wishlist of supplies includes Dawn dish detergent, laundry detergent, Germ-X, Purina Puppy Chow, Purina Kitten Chow, kitty litter, collars (all sizes), leashes, flea medications, air fresheners and any other pet-related items. Cash donations to assist with the animals’ medical bills and other expenses are also appreciated.

“We have a very giving community,” Smith said.