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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Animal Pantry's Four Legged Food Drive Energizes the Pet Community

Yes, I am still on vacation.....but this couldn't wait any longer. What a fabulous event this was. Central Floridians and dog businesses united to help families feed their pets:
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Pookies Dog Wash Event

Was a Fitting End to the

Four Legged Food Drive

Central Florida Animal Food Pantry is awash in donations. This young charitable organization, whose objective is to keep dogs with their families by providing needed pet food and other supplies, has been embraced by the pet industry in our area with great enthusiasm.

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Brent and Tanner Enjoyed the Party

Does this mean that Central Florida Animal Pantry no longer needs donations? Of course not! Pets will always need food, and there will always be families in need. Keep those food and supply donations coming, knowing that you are helping families keep their beloved pets. Imagine if you could not afford to keep your pet. What a sad day it would be if I had to give up Xena, Tanner, Oliver or Patches because of a shortage of funds to feed my family. I can hardly imagine.

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Smile for the Costume Contest, Tanner

Oops! You Can't See His Froggy Goggles!

With a costume contest, cookout, vendor booths, gift basket raffles, and much more, Pookies of Winter Park was a great venue for this fund raising wrap up. My dogs can attest to the camaraderie, as we visited, in in full costume for the contest, and enjoyed taking photos to share with you here.

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"Snow White" Certainly is Pure

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Oliver's Beach Ball was a

Perfect Take-Along for Pookies Party

Free dog baths were also part of the deal for event participants, as well as a couple of cooling kiddie-pools for anyone to take a dip.

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Missy is looking Beautiful after her Bath

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A Cook's Job is Never Done

...and who doesn't enjoy a grilled burger on a hot, summer day.

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Gift Baskets Galore!

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Raffled Off Baskets were Wonderful Prizes

These beautiful baskets and more were won by lucky raffle ticket winners. They certainly did give away some great goodies.

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More Cuties Show Up--Some in Pairs

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Vendors' Tents Covered Pookies "Back Yard"

Drawing Many Interested Dog Owners

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Costume Contestants

Made Great Crowd Pleasers

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A Cattle Dog Daisy

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Bathing Beauties Everywhere

There are more upcoming events at both Pookies and for Central Florida Animal Pantry. On October 10, CFAP will team up with Pookies and the Central Florida Pets Directory for the First Annual Petpalooza at Pookies in Avalon Park. Join the fun for the whole family with food, pet rescue groups, costume contests, music, children's activities and much more.

Tux for Tails, a sit down dinner and fund raiser for CFAP will be held December 5 at the Double Tree at Universal. Dinner, dancing, music and a silent auction will all add to this upscale event to benefit CFAP.

Currently, the Animal Pantry is seeking volunteers to hand out food for a couple of hours each day. If you are able to volunteer, even a small amount of time, please contact them through their website at the links I have provided. Your help will be greatly appreciated by Erica, Zach and their troupe. They are truly grateful for all of the help and support they have received.


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