By Maria Briski, Animal Friends' Communications Team
The morning of Saturday, March 24 may have been raining cats, dogs and bunnies, but that didn’t stop us from kicking off our 7th annual Telethon! Despite the showers, the Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center was abuzz with activity from WTAE-TV’s news cameras, scores of volunteers and guests, and tail-wagging residents.
The day was jam packed with excitement – from the official announcement of our 40 acre(!) expansion (click here if you missed it!) to the unveiling of Megan Hart’s larger-than-life bulldog and kitty cakes.
And of course visitors got to see a glimpse of behind-the-scenes TV magic and some of Pittsburgh’s media glitterati in action. Adding to the fun were prize basket raffles, pet food giveaways, tasty cupcakes and a glamorous pet photo station. We also extended a warm welcome to many of the people who help us so much throughout the year.
This was also a very special weekend for 30 residents who found forever homes! Among those adopted was long-term resident Petite Minoo, a sweet black and white cat who lived with us for nearly two years. Well-known among the Animal Friends staff, Petite’s farewell was a joyous occasion. And in celebration of the Telethon, we’re ensuring that these joyous occasions continue with Gizmo’s Friend-a-Thon. Through April 1, 2012 Gizmo Krenn (best friend of comedian Jim Krenn) is hosting a special adoption event in which pets aged two and older can be adopted for just $5! Click here to have a laugh at the commercial!
This year’s Telethon raised an incredible $152,495 for our homeless animals. This support means so much to the animals and assists in the continuation of our mission to ensure the well being of companion animals while ending overpopulation. Thank you again to all of this year’s generous sponsors, dedicated volunteers, wonderful hosts and visitors. See you next year!