Zach’s goal was to raise $5,000 at this event and thanks to the Save-A-Pet volunteers, staff and support of the community, this goal was reached within just a few hours.
There were so many visitors to Save-A-Pet on Saturday that the parking lot was full all day and visitors were directed to park on the grass and on the street in front of the property. There were many activities going on outside as well as inside the building and every space was taken by a smiling visitor or volunteer. Whether participating in the raffle, bake sale, face painting or costume contest, to mention just a few, there was a place for everyone including many people interacting with dogs or cats in the hopes of possible adoption.
I had the chance to meet Zach, and it was a pleasure to talk with him, his mother and his grandmother. The pride and love radiated off his mom’s face as Zach took a few minutes out of his busy day to speak with me and have his photograph taken. After that it was right back to business and the tasks at hand.
Zach’s first fundraising effort for Save-A-Pet raised nearly $3,000, where he went to local businesses and raised all of the raffle donations on his own. Zach’s plan for the money raised was to be used for the therapy room which greatly helped Brad and Molly, the senior beagle residents that he spent time sitting and talking to for hours at a time. Sadly, Brad and Molly have since passed, but their lives were greatly enriched by the efforts and attention Zach poured on them.
Zach’s passion for Save-A-Pet and its residents goes above and beyond and he is someone that is not only an inspiration, but also gives us hope.