On Saturday, September 21st, The Bella Foundation hosted its sixth annual Dog Walk in the Park – 2013 – “Peace, Love, and Pups” from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Duffner Park located at the corner of Hefner and May Avenue in Oklahoma City.
The event began with a brief meeting of pet owners and their pets followed by a Blessing of the Pets. The 1.5 mile, fund-raising “dog-walk” took participants through the city of The Village on a safe route set up and marked by the city maintenance department.
After the participants returned to the park, the festivities began. There were many rescue groups present with pets available for adoption as well as vendors selling pet-related products. Neel Veterinary Hospital provided low-cost vaccinations and microchipping. There was also live music, delicious food, and a Hippest Dog Costume Contest.
The Bella Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Oklahoma City created to assist low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care when they can't afford it. When an owner brings an animal into a clinic for care and cannot afford the cost, the attending veterinarian can contact The Bella Foundation for assistance. If assistance is given, the owner must agree to volunteer 8 hours of their time at either The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter or their local shelter. Stray or abandoned animals are cared for with no stipulation attached. They also require that every animal they sponsor be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heart worm tested, and microchipped.
Their name, The Bella Foundation, has three meanings:
(1) First, Bella was a puppy who was a adopted from a local shelter on a Saturday afternoon in July 2006. At the time of adoption, it was not known that Bella already had parvo and an upper respiratory infection. She died the following Monday night in spite of receiving the best care available. The organization was founded in Bella’s honor and in remembrance of her short but meaningful life.
(2) Bella stands for “Because Every Little Life is Amazing”. Even though animals cannot speak, they still feel pain and suffering. If The Bella Foundation can somehow alleviate that suffering, then they are fulfilling their purpose.
(3) The Italian word “bella” translates to “beautiful” in English. Helping any creature great or small is a beautiful thing.
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to make a donation, you can visit their website, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-318-7387. 100% of every dollar donated is used to help animals. Employee salaries are paid by the adoption fees of the animals they save, NEVER by donations. Donations are also tax-deductible.
If you need assistance, please visit their website (www.thebellafoundation.org) or call 1-866-318-7387. You can also see their list of adoptable pets on their website.