Liz Burrow had to raise her voice to be heard above the resounding barking and anxious screams that echoed through the tent and barn of the Linganore Lake events.
Wanting to give back to the community where she does business, Burrow – a realtor specializing in the Linganore Lake area of New Market – hosted the second “Paws for a Cause” fundraiser on Sunday afternoon.
For a price Burrow described as “heavily subsidized,” pet owners could buy a nail clipper for their cat or dog, microchip them and have them checked for heartworms. Volunteer veterinarians from Clarksburg’s Neighborhood Veterinary Associates also offered free rabies shots and pet exams.
All funds from the event went to Happy Hubz, a Libertytown-based nonprofit animal welfare organization.
Founded in 2013, the organization supports neighborhood vaccination clinics and community pet health education efforts, assists pet rescue services, and helps registered nonprofits raise funds. funds through the sale of pet food and supplies.
Through its PAUSE PC Fund, Happy Hubz also helps veterans and first responders pay for veterinary care costs for their pets.
The nonprofit covers two of Burrow’s passions: supporting military veterans and animals.
“I thought, ‘What a wonderful combination,'” she said.
Sunday’s clinic served more than 70 cats and dogs, Burrow said. Not everyone was happy to be there.
Minnie May squirmed nervously in the arms of vet tech Will Webster as Nicole Gates, a representative for animal health provider Patterson Veterinary, prepared to draw blood from the little dog to test her for heartworms.
“Mom, come here so she can see you,” Webster told Monika Stuckey, Minnie May’s landlady.
When Gates poked the 5-year-old pooch, she let out a loud yelp.
The cats looked anxiously behind the bars of their carriers to other places around the large damp space. As the owner of a 14-year-old Yorkshire terrier and Chihuahua mix checked, the little gray pup howled under a blanket.
Sweetie, a 6-week-old kitten, showed off her tiny needle-like teeth as her mother, Maddie Thompson, cradled her. The baby was so chubby that Thompson feared he might have health problems. But a free pet exam at the event allayed her fears.
“She’s like a puddle,” Thompson said, scratching the little cat with her index finger.
Volunteers and staff from Warrior Canine Connection also attended Sunday’s event to raise awareness of the Boyds-based nonprofit, which trains service dogs for veterans with issues. mobility, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions.
Jamie, a 2-year-old black Labrador named after an army surgeon, was panting at the feet of Janet Paskalakis. The Mount Airy resident has taken care of the dog since she was a puppy.
Due to the Lab’s gentle and calm demeanor, Warrior Canine decided to use her for breeding purposes, Paskalakis said. Jamie will probably have a litter of puppies within a year. The association needs volunteers to train them.
But Warrior Canine heard from many interested dog lovers on Sunday.
“Thank goodness,” Paskalakis added.
In the back of the tent, Mark Chappell sat behind a white folding table, helping people pay for the veterinary services their pets received that afternoon.
In addition to being a veterinarian with Neighborhood Veterinary Associates and an active duty military veterinarian, Chappell is President and CEO of Happy Hubz.
He has big plans for the association. Now that her website finally has an online pet supply store, Chappell hopes organizations will flock to Happy Hubz for fundraising help.
Next, the nonprofit wants to work with state and federal partners to mobilize teams of volunteer veterinarians to help communities and their pets during emergencies and disasters, Chappell said.
Because of the nonprofit’s partnership with Hearty Pet, a Hagerstown-based dog, cat and bird food provider, Happy Hubz may distribute pet food to communities during these events, said Chappel.
But for the nonprofit to achieve that goal, Happy Hubz needs money — and lots of volunteers, Chappell said. The organization currently only provides preventive pet health clinics in the Frederick area, but hopes to expand this operation.
“If we can bring together these teams of talent who are willing to put in a few hours to help us,” Chappell said, “imagine what we could do for the community.”
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