Loba Memorial Foundation Fundraiser Sept. 27th
Supports spay and neuter of pets
September 5, 2014
The Loba Memorial Spay and Neuter Foundation annual Dinner and Auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27th from 5:30-9PM, in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library. The event includes dinner, silent auction with raffles. Ben Davis will DJ, Andy Nelson will MC. Tickets are $100/person. All proceeds go to the foundation. For info and reservations call Wendi Schwartz at 307-367-6215.
Wendi, who is also Chef Wendi, will be doing the cooking making her version of chicken enchiladas (there will also be vegetarian ones) - a special coconut rice w/ cilantro, organic salad w/ salsa ranch sour cream dressing, black bean an corn salad, rolls and butter, and dessert. Hor d oeuvres will be artichoke dip, shrimp cocktail, seafood salad in mini filo cups, and cheese and crackers.
The Loba Memorial Spay and Neuter Foundation was started by Wendi Schwartz in memory of her Siberian Husky, Loba, who died 15 years ago of liver cancer.
Wendi had come to realize that numerous people in Pinedale have more than one pet and could not afford to have those pets spayed or neutered. She wanted to create a way to address the growing "unwanted" pet population, so she decided to create the Foundation to enable local residents to have an option to make good pet choices.
Wendi approached veterinarian Dr. Brent Dean, owner of the Animal Clinic of Pinedale, who agreed to help her address this problem by applying the Foundation’s funds to the accounts of families who needed financial assistance in paying to spay and neuter their pets. The fund has since been expanded to cover emergency vet bills and now involves numerous veterinarians.
In the past year the Foundation has spayed and neutered over 56 cats and over 53 dogs, an increase from year. They have also helped with a few major injuries and accidents. They help with the issue of abandoned pets, many of which have been abandoned and left on the Mesa, Jonah Field, as well as animals left at area campgrounds and by the side of the road. In all, the Foundation has spayed and neutered over 471 cats and 714 dogs.
Kimberly Irvin has taken upon herself to capture feral cats in the past years. The Foundation makes sure they are healthy and have taken them in to be spayed or neutered, given shots, and either found homes or set them free.
The Loba Memorial helps Sue Kramer, director of Happy Endings Animal Rescue (HEAR) in Sublette County, who has taken care of finding homes for abandoned animals, Pinedale Animal control Officer Julie Early has also worked to help abandoned animals.
"So thanks for all your donated dollars… I am very happy to do this work with everyone’s help," Wendi said.