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Tri County Animal Rescue is hopping with Spring events and ways to help

Monty urges you to meet him at Tri County Animal Rescue
Pam D'Addio / Tri County Humane Society

BOCA RATON, FL - The area's largest 100% no-kill, non-profit animal rescue operating solely on donations, Tri County Animal Rescue (TCAR) has a busy slate of events and opportunities this Spring to help the wonderful dogs and cats they rescue, care for and re-home. Formerly named Tri County Humane Society, the shelter has kicked off the season with a new name and logo but the same firm commitment to rescue.

At their recent annual Doggie Ball, the shelter unveiled its new name, logo and plans for a 9,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art building on the existing property. The new area will house intake services, veterinary health assessments, medical treatment, grooming, and isolation facilities for rescues being treated for contagious illnesses. The dream of the new building has been in the works for nearly 7 years.

Tri County Animal Rescue has saved and re-homed over 40,000 dogs and cats since 1997 when it became a no-kill facility. They've rescued local animals as well as animals in need all over the country and even beyond. Most recently, staff traveled to Oklahoma after the tornadoes to return with 81 rescued dogs and cats that would have been euthanized to make room for those displaced by the storms. All but one of those have now all found loving homes. Just this month, Tri County partnered with the Pilot for Paws organization to rescue and fly 18 abandoned pups and dogs to safety from the Bahamas.

As anyone in rescue knows, and especially those at a donation-funded shelter, the bottom line is the more money raised and donated, the more precious, homeless, furry lives can be saved. With that always in mind, this hard-working shelter is bursting with Spring events and opportunities so everyone can help!

Coming up on Wednesday, April 23, is a fun event sponsored by TCAR's 'Paws for the Cause' committee at Bloomingdales in the Town Center Mall on Glades Road in Boca Raton. You do like to shop, right? The event is from 6-8 p.m. at the cosmetic counters and leashed dogs are even allowed to attend with you! Refreshments will be provided by Ruth's Chris Steak House and personal artist sketches will be available for $50. Let cosmetic artists assist you with your make up and 10% of any cosmetics sold goes to TCAR. Cost is just $20.

Next up is the annual Delray Affair, held on Atlantic Avenue each year. This huge street festival of art, food and fun will host TCAR dogs at three locations. Look for the rescued pooches searching for a home at Sequin (Atlantic Ave and US1), in the Pineapple Grove area, and also at J. McLaughlan's on April 25-27. Stop by for a sniff-and-greet!

On the same weekend, April 26-27, the shelter will host its regular Yard Sale featuring items such as housewares, electronics, collectibles, jewelry, clothing, kids' items, holiday decorations, and much more. This will take place at the shelter at 21287 Boca Rio Road, Boca Raton. Donated items are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off anytime before then between 10:30 and 4, Tuesdays - Sundays. Donate and / or shop the yard sale. All proceeds help the animals in TCAR's care!

On Tuesday, April 29, get your country on at Moonshine Molly's Country Saloon at 6450 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Kick up your heels, line dance, or just listen to country music and enjoy the food, cocktails and fun at this country saloon. This event is indoors, (no pets please at this one) from 6-8 p.m. Admission is just $20 and proceeds again of course benefit TCAR. Could there be a more fun and easy way to support animal rescue? Nope!

Sequin, a beautiful jewelry and accessory store on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, welcomes all to shop on May 3 from 6-9 p.m. and 20% of sales will go to TCAR.

The shelter always welcomes donations of items from their wish list. Items such as bleach, 55 gallon contractor trash bags, Pedigree chopped chicken dog food, hand soap, rubber or latex gloves, rubbing alcohol, and hand soap are always needed as well as used, clean blankets, towels, and bedding. Drop off at the shelter anytime during operating hours.

Lastly, TCAR's Tri County Thrift Shop supports the shelter and offers amazing prices on like-new items, often even designer items. Jewelry, shoes, clothing, collectibles and furniture abound and there are many gems to be found! Donate or shop at 3350 NW 2nd Avenue, A-22, Boca Raton.

Use these ideas to help pets in need at this amazing no-kill shelter. If you can't adopt a dozen or so pets, there are many, many other ways to help! Contact the shelter with any questions at (561) 482-8110.

Thank you! And don't forget to ADOPT, TAG AND MICROCHIP, SPAY AND NEUTER, AND LOVE YOUR PETS FOR LIFE!