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Money raised for Bladen County Animal Shelter

The Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board met this week to discuss improvements to the shelter and other agenda items. The biggest topic of discussion was the success of this year’s Bladen County Pet Palooza and plans for next year’s fundraising event.

Mike Jackson, chairman of the local county board said he was pleased with this year’s Pet Palooza fundraiser. The group mentioned a big thank you needs to go out to Dr. Cross, Barking Lot, Bladen Animal Hospital, Cape Fear Heating & Cooling,, Kuraray America, Inc., A Shelter Friend, the Kim Family, Gordon Kinlaw, and the Town of Elizabethtown for their sponsorships. Also, Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson, the folks that donated the stage, the Bladen County National Guard Armory staff members, all the vendors and others who had a huge impact on the fundraising success should all be thanked publicly and personally according to the advisory board.

Even though this year’s date was not the best date due to the weather, local graduations and other events, the event still was a huge success raising over $4,000 for the Bladen County Animal Shelter’s exercise area according to Jackson. Several board members said they heard all the vendors reported success with their booths at the event and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Funding for the event will go towards the construction of the animal exercise area at the local shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter Manager, Karen Suggs, reported currently the exercise area project is at the stage of receiving quotes from concrete contractors.

The board did decide to have another Pet Palooza to raise money for the Bladen County Animal Shelter next year in April.

“We hope this event will continue to grow every year,” Jackson said.

Board member Morris White said a dog beauty pageant should be added to the event. The group also discussed having a DJ instead of a band and incorporating food vendors instead of trying to cook the food themselves.

Next year’s Pet Palooza event date will be scheduled at the next Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board meeting held in October.   

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