In 2007, a bunch of friends of Village Deli put together a golf tournament, in less than two months, to raise some money to help a good friend with medical bills. The whole idea of joining forces and resources to help a friend in need, brought lots of people together, and the event was a success. It wasn’t our first fundraising event, but it was lots fun and it set the wheels in motion.
The following spring, there was no one in our circle of friends that needed financial assistance, but everybody was ‘all-in’ to do it again. That was when the idea for That’s What Friends Are For, Inc. was born. I had been donating to animal rescue work personally, but saw such great need all around me. Caring for animals isn’t what I do, it’s who I am. So, we decided to promote our fundraising event to help rescue groups struggling to do good work for the dogs and cats in our communities. It worked out so well and felt so right that we became a tax exempt non profit in April of 2009.
Each year, our golf tournament and auction is more like a family reunion. It’s a great time for friends to gather, have some fun and raise money for a cause close to our hearts. In 2014 and again in 2015, a car was donated and sold to help raise even more money for animal rescue work. We hold and participate in many fundraising events throughout the year, networking with others to spread the word about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spay and neuter. It truly does take all of us, doing what we can, to accomplish the goal of saving every treatable and adoptable dog and cat, and work to become a No Kill community.
Our golf tournaments have been a great way to raise money, bringing in $10,000 in 2007 and over $32,000 in 2015. Showing our commitment to animal rescue work in 2012, we gave over $16,000 to rescue groups, and spent $6,372 on the spay or neuter of pets, when pet owners couldn’t afford the expense and asked us for help
But, the more we do, the more we are asked to do. Thanks to the generosity of individuals and business people, we have grown considerably. In 2014 we gave over $25,000 to rescue groups to help with their animal rescue work. We spent over $37,000 in our Spay/Neuter Program for 622 dogs and cats, and over $17,000 in our Vet Assist Program that helps defray the veterinary expenses in life and death situations.
Our focus is helping pet owners with expenses for spay, neuter, vaccines and lifesaving veterinarian procedures, when they cannot afford it. We are also very involved in helping with the costs for these procedures for homeless animals, so they will be more readily adopted into forever homes. We believe in the humane method of Trap Neuter Return to humanely stop population growth and the spread of disease in cats that have been abandoned by humans and forced to fend for themselves.
So I say to you, join us! Our animal loving community is filled with good, kind hearted people. Be kind to people and animals, and teach children compassion for all beings. Know that “You have not lived until you have given something to someone that can never repay you”, John Bunyan. Unconditional love and gratitude are heartwarming gifts that animals give freely when shown the least bit of love.
That’s truly What Friends Are For!
P.S. We accept tax deductible donations of any size any day of the year.