The Furry Lives Matter Pet Expo

The Furry Lives Matter Pet Expo is the first of an annual event to raise money for multiple groups of animal shelters and rescues in Erie and the surrounding area. There are many groups that serve the interests of animals, some of which you may be unaware. I plan to raise money for all of them on a rotating basis. This year, it will be the ANNA Shelter, E.A.R.S., which helps find homes for rabbits, and Erie Trap and Release, a group that finds feral cats, gets them spayed and neutered, then finds them homes.

While I want this event to be fun and family oriented, I also want it to be educational, where the beneficiaries could express to the community their mission, challenges, and stereotypes that still exist concerning some breeds of animals, and how the average person can make a difference in the lives of our furry friends. Animals can never have too many advocates.

So, how can you make a difference? In big ways or small, we can all improve the lives of animals. The Recent tightening of animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania proves that pressure on local politicians does have an impact. Donations, in the form of time, money, and/or supplies, help these nonprofits continue to realize their valuable missions. Even being a cat, dog or rabbit cuddler can mean a lot to an animal in need of human touch. Did you know that petting a furry friend lowers your blood pressure? Finally, are you looking to adopt or know someone who is? Check out our four-legged friends who desperately need a permanent home.

The event will be Saturday, August 5 from 3-8 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club on East Lake Road. There will be food from Nunzi’s Place, music, a Chinese auction, 50/50s and activities for the kids, including a Bouncy House. There will also be demonstrations involving some talented canines. The event costs $10.00 or $5.00 plus a donated item. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

I’d like to personally thank Executive Director Al Messina and John Popoff for helping to make this event a reality. I’d also like to thank all the volunteers and businesses who contributed to the Expo’s success. I’m looking forward to watching this event grow year by year and continue to serve shelters and rescues. For more information, call Rob Kocur at 490-7933.

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