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Help returning Vets and their pets

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January 18, 2014, a fundraiser will be held to honor and help out two wonderful non-profit organizations, Pets for Vets and Fur Babies Rescue.

If you are in the NY area and are thankful for how fortunate you are and are interested in giving back, stop by Deer Park Bowl on Saturday, January 18 from 5-9 p.m. for their fundraising event. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Ticket price includes, admission, shoe rental and up to five games of bowling. There will also be raffles, face painting, 50/50, bake sale and pizza specials. This will be a dog adoption event as well.

If you are a business owner and would like to be part of this event, raffle donations, sponsor donations and booth rentals are always welcome. Personal donations are welcome too!

The people that work for these organizations are just like you and me. They have regular lives with work and families. They do have one other thing, however. They have a passion for animals and people. These wonderful people generously give of their time to better the lives of others.

In-between running their kids to sports practice and taking care of their jobs, they spend their weekends rescuing helpless animals from horrid conditions and work tirelessly to find forever homes for these animals at adoption events. They also work with Veterans returning from war who are having a rough time adapting to their life at home.

Pets for Vets is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from having a companion animal.

Sadly, there are alarming rates of suicide and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder facing veterans returning to civilian life after military duty. This can cause a downward spiral of apathy, unemployment, broken relationships, addiction and depression. Companion animals can be the lifesaving therapy or friend that many returning service men and women need.

Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, depression and anxiety, symptoms experienced by many serving in the military.

Fur Babies is a small no kill rescue group. They keep all dogs and cats until a loving home is found for them. They are devoted to saving dogs and cats in need. Many pets have been abandoned and are found by our volunteers and good samaritans on the streets. They also rescue dogs from high-kill animal shelters.

All of their animals are given full medical exams, including all of the necessary inoculations. All dogs are tested for heartworm and put on preventative treatment. Any treatment for illness or injury is provided as well. In addition, all dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to being made available for adoption. Most of their rescues are kept in loving foster homes until they are adopted.

For more information on Furbabies please contact Kimberly Hock at https://www.facebook.com/furbabies.rescue.7. For information about Pets for Vets contact https://www.facebook.com/PetsforVetsInc.

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