By Amy Woods
Bark & Brunch — an inaugural event that Tri-County Animal Rescue plans to cultivate — will honor three devoted “pup moms” for their support of the no-kill shelter.
The outdoor fundraiser will be May 2 at The Addison in Boca Raton, with proceeds going to a medical fund that subsidizes veterinary services at the Lois Pope Pet Clinic.
In situations like the coronavirus pandemic, “the animals are the last to be taken care of,” said Andrea Kline, one of the honorees. “A lot of people have to abandon their animals because they can’t afford to take care of them. Somebody’s got to rescue them, and we’re there to do that.”
Kline has four adopted dogs from the shelter: Harry, a 1-year-old mutt; Charlie, an 8-year-old bichon frise/Havanese mix; Duncan, a 10-year-old Yorkshire terrier; and Lucky, a 12-year-old shih- tzu.
“I’m totally devoted to Tri-County,” Kline said of the shelter, based in west Boca Raton. “It’s important to me that we fund the medical center as well as the shelter.”
Also being honored is Constance Scott.
“I want to bring attention to Tri-County,” said Scott, who adopted Gigi 2, a 6-year-old Maltese/poodle mix, from the shelter. “They always need money. They’re always rescuing dogs from all over the country. This is a facility that has a gold heart. What an event like this does is it shines a bright light on what we’re trying to do.”
The third honoree, Marta Batmasian, said the nonprofit has suffered — as have many others — because of the global pandemic, prompting board members to develop alternative events with built-in safety guidelines in an attempt to make up for not being able to have the annual Doggie & Kittie Ball.
“It was hard work to build this clinic,” Batmasian said of the facility that debuted in July 2019. “We are trying to keep the doors open, but the budget keeps on going up.”
If You Go
What: Bark & Brunch
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2
Where: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton
More info: 561-482-8110 or www.tricountyanimal