Thursday, March 31, 2011

What a birthday!

Guest Bloggers Christine Line and Maria Briski, Animal Friends' Communications Team

Birthdays just don’t get any better than this!

We know it’s been a few days, but we just can’t get over the success of the annual telethon and 5th birthday celebration hosted this past Saturday at our home at the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center. It was a day filled with cupcakes, TV stars and enough free Pup-Peroni to feed an army of St. Bernards!

We also had games, children’s activities and prizes galore. In addition to being a fantastically fun time, the telethon successfully raised nearly $200,000 and found homes for 43 of our adoptable residents, making it one of our most successful telethons ever! Thanks to everyone who tuned in and donated and visited us to share in the celebration. Your donations and support are instrumental in furthering our mission of ensuring the well being of companion animals, while ending overpopulation and abuse.

Believe it or not, the celebration keeps on going through this weekend. Through April 3rd our requested adoption donation for all pets age 2 and up is just $5! Click here to check out some of our eligible birthday adoptees by clicking here! These delicious cupcakes, provided by Dozen Bake Shop, were a perfect way to start off the day.

Our residents were so excited for their TV appearances and chance to meet local celebrities. But most of all, they anxiously waited to see if they'd find a family to call their own.

Thankfully, many of our residents didn't have to wait long! Here's just one of our pups who was adopted this weekend.

Ron and Cappy hung out for a bit, waiting for Cappy's big debut. Look at that face!

Our adoptions desk was hoppin' (literally) on Saturday and Sunday. Kudos to our hardworking staff on an especially busy weekend!

A special thank you as well to all our volunteers who took donation phone calls all afternoon.

Andrew Stockey, one of the media personalities who joined us for the telethon, interviews Toni from Healthy Pet Products.

An adopter steals a kiss from a beagle pup.

Getting up close and personal with some of our furry friends in the Outreach Center...

O'Fallon, our beloved alum, came back for a visit!

Some of our best donors are the youngest ones! These Girl Scouts dropped by and made a donation during the telethon.

And last but certainly not least, it's always wonderful to see the beginning of a new generation of animal lovers. Here's Loveinapuff with her new little girl!

You can view more pictures on our Facebook page. Once again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our telethon a huge success!

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