Due to the success of the first one, Walgreens will host the second Operation Take Me Home Pet Fair and Wellness Event at their Sherman Oaks store, 5224 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friends of Animal Rescues will join Operation Blankets of Love, local businesses and various animal rescue groups to place adoptable cats and dogs from Chihuahuas to Great Danes into loving homes.
“After reading an article about local shelters and some rescue groups that are in financial need, I realized that we had a great resource in our Walgreens store that we could use to not only raise money for these groups, but directly assist these groups in placing animals in need,” states Chris Snyder, manager of the Sherman Oaks location. “Walgreens always encourages involvement in the local community, so if we have the chance to help, we will.”
In fact, the afternoon is devoted to all pet lovers — not just those searching for a pet — and along with the adoption event will be a community fair offering the latest in pet health and product samples — plus safety and disaster preparedness tips for children and pets.
Author Laura Marlowe will sign copies of her inspirational children’s book Tommy The Throwaway Dog, based on the true-life story of a pit bull puppy found in a dumpster, then rescued and given a new life.
New features since last time include: Barks for Books, offering new and used paperbacks at discounted prices to raise funds for rescue and Rover Wash, a portable tub for pooches in need of a quick wash and dry.
Rounding out the festivities will be a DJ, food trucks, raffles throughout the day and in-store discounts on blankets, pet beds and other needed items that can be donated to pet charities, including Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL), a nonprofit that supplies blankets and other comfort items to shelters and rescue groups. Walgreens also sells Operation Blankets of Love T-shirts and sweatshirts with 100 percent of the profits going directly to OBOL. There will be OBOL donation boxes set up at the event in addition to a pet food drive, which attendees are encouraged to donate to.
“We had a fantastic turnout at the first event and the feedback from the local community has been very positive,” states Snyder, an animal lover himself. In fact, he and his wife took home a little Chihuahua mix that day, named “Howard.”
Snyder says discussions are also underway for future pet fairs at other San Fernando Valley Walgreens stores. “It would be great to have something in The Valley each week,” he says.
According to Eileen Smulson, Operation Blankets of Love president, eight dogs got adopted as a result of the first pet fair and several of the rescue groups had inquiries about their animals after the event.
“We look forward to placing even more dogs and cats into loving new homes on Sunday,” Smulson says.
For more information, contact Friends of Animal Rescues at OperationTakeMeHome@gmail.com or (951) 544-6279.