The Chamber Review April 2018 - Page 31

donations of note and several applications for adoption after BIG Hat Days. Fresno Bully Rescue was also able to meet and sign up a lot of new volunteers during this event.

The mission at Fresno Bully Rescue is two-fold – increase awareness while fighting the discrimination against pit bulls and find loving forever homes for their bullies. Having the opportunity to be an active part of BIG Hat Days provides a means for Fresno Bully Rescue to accomplish these goals. Becky shared that she always enjoys watching the children experience their friendly bullies and loves hearing others share their wonderful pet stories.

She closed by adding how an informal setting, like an outdoor festival, provides a straightforward way for people to satisfy their curiosity while being open to learning about friendly bully breeds. Fresno Bully Rescue believes that BIG Hat Days is a wonderful event they will continue to be a part of for many years to come.

If you’d like to learn more about Fresno Bully Rescue, visit them online at www.fresnobullyrescue.org, or attend a monthly orientation about volunteering. They’d love you to volunteer your time to help. Don’t miss the Bully Boo Walk at Woodward Park on October 21, 2018. This event is Fresno Bully Rescue’s annual fundraiser and includes fun dog walks (all breeds), vendors, food, & more.

The next organization we talked to was Central California Animal Disaster Team. This unique nonprofit is focused on providing a disaster response for animals whenever people are evacuated from homes in the Central Valley. We had the pleasure of discussing the recent BIG Hat Days event with CCADT Board President, Mary Schnee. Mary shared about how local events of this size enable them to reach a wide range of people from all walks of life. Being at this community event means they can increase awareness for disaster preparedness, source new volunteers, and more. In fact, they were able to meet around 10 new volunteers at this year’s BIG Hat Days event.

Consider an example that Mary posed to us in our conversation, “Did you know that most hotels will not accept pets without current vaccination paperwork in-hand – even in the event of an evacuation? It’s good to take some time to be prepared and keep copies of such important papers ready to go.” Most often, these evacuations are due to forest fires and CCADT makes it easier for families to quickly evacuate by providing safe and temporary animal shelters. They typically set up close to the American Red Cross and aim to help maintain family bonds by providing caring shelter to family pets during an emergency.

Are you curious about helping? Don’t miss the upcoming volunteer orientation at the Woodward Park Library on May 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm. and save the date for CCADT’s Disaster Preparedness for Animal Owners on May 10, 2018 at the Fresno Fire Department HQ on H Street. Learn more about them online at www.ccadt.org.

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