The giving and remembrance season is here and a fundraising event for twelve special dogs sponsored by Karen Erskine in remembrance of her beloved dogs, Buck and Bill, is now underway. The Twelve Dogs of Christmas fundraiser will raise money for 12 dogs that are scheduled for needless euthanasia and are waiting for a reprieve to get on the path to being adopted. Donations will be used to pay for adoption fees which include spay/neuter, vaccinations, heart-worm testing and prevention, and microchips. A photo of one dog each day of the twelve days of Christmas will be featured on the website of Ms. Erskine’s Second Wind Foundation, www.buckandbill.org, along with the donation information. Contribution information may also be found on the Remembering Buck and Bill FaceBook page. Links to the “Contribute” sites are posted on the Remembering Buck and Bill FaceBook page.
A fundraising event will also be held onsite in addition to the contributions made online at the “Contribute” sites. The fundraising event will be held in Sumter County, Florida, where the twelve dogs are located. Hamilton’s Coffee Shop is one of the sponsors that is participating. Other generous sponsors include Florida Fresh Meat Company and artist Suzy Irskens-Buckles with her donated copies of her Rainbow Bridge book and glass sun-catchers that will be personalized with the name of a pet that is now at the Rainbow Bridge with Buck and Bill.
The Path to Home Project, which has now been trademarked, is a special part of this fundraiser. Ms. Erskine began this project last year with a candle lighting ceremony last year in Manatee County, Florida, where her beloved Buck and Bill lost their lives in euthanasia after 457 days of incarceration at the Manatee County Animal Services shelter because of a biting incident. The case ultimately ended in the needless euthanasia of these two beautiful dogs. Fundraisers in 2014 were successful in saving 41 dogs from euthanasia. The Path to Home Project was instrumental in placing these 41 dogs in loving adoptive homes, returning them to owners, or placing them in safe sanctuaries to live out their lives.
A candle-lighting ceremony in remembrance of Buck and Bill will again be held this year at the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida. Lights will be placed on Christmas Eve in a designed path to signify the Path to Home project for the twelve dogs this year and to celebrate the 41 dogs that were saved last year. Part of the donations made will be used to purchase 457 candles that will be needed for the candle-lighting at the shelter. Names of donors will be entered in a raffle to receive a gift from Second Wind Foundation.
All information and donating opportunities can be found on the home page of Second Wind Foundation, www.buckandbill.org. You may also visit the Remembering Buck and Bill FaceBook page.