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Charity Spotlight: Man’s Best Friend

By on September 1, 2014

Jody Jones_with Sanctuary Dogs_DSC_8446Dogs are man’s best friend, but sometimes they’re not treated like best friends and they need some help. Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue has been helping and rescuing dogs since 2000, totaling almost 8,000 dogs. “We take not only goldens, but golden mixes, friends of goldens, dogs that came with goldens, distant cousins of goldens and dogs dumped near our property in Elverta,” said Candy Courtney, Vice President of Homeward Bound and Chairman of Kibbles & Bids.

The all-volunteer non-profit organization is one of only four golden rescues in the United States with a sanctuary and Adoption Center, rescuing more goldens annually than any other Golden rescue organization in the nation.

The Homeward Bound Sanctuary provides goldens with a peaceful and safe environment as they await adoption or live out their lives. Amenities include climate controlled kennels, a swimming pool designed for dogs and large grassy yards.

Jordan_DSC_9457The association also provides a variety of programs to match the needs of the dogs and prospective adoptive parents. The senior-to-senior connection pairs older dogs with retired couples (60+) who are not working and are on a limited income. Adoption fees are waived and lifetime veterinary care is provided. It is their belief that retired people can devote more time and attention to their adopted pet.

The youth program allows student volunteers on Saturdays to walk and clean up after the dogs. The goal of the program is to teach students about responsible pet ownership.

Another program offered is the Golden Rule Training Program, which offers basic and intermediate classes and socialization training with a certified instructor. These classes are open to the public and all breeds are welcome.

In order to better provide for the dogs and to continue to offer these programs, Homeward Bound is holding their 14th annual gala fundraiser called “Kibble & Bids” with this year’s theme being “Goldenopoly.” The evening will include food from local restaurants and caterers, wines and craft brews, silent and live auctions, featuring items such as travel, jewelry, golf rounds and gift certificates BoBo_Scout__5613 (1)for restaurants. There will also be a wine wall, usually their most popular attraction. Wine bottles are wrapped and arranged on a wall and customers purchase a cork with a number. They are given the corresponding bottle to that number and this year some wine bottles total over $50.
The Kibbles & Bids fundraiser has seen 600-700 gusts annually and usually raises around $100K.
Funds from the event will go towards routine veterinary care, non-routine surgeries of all specialties, heartworm treatments, medications, food, treats, and lodging.

When: Saturday, October 11 from 6pm-9pm
Where: California Auto Museum in Sacramento (2200 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818)
If you are interested in adopting or would like to make a donation, visit, or call (916) 655-1410.

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