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February 25, 2013

ARF auction to aid abandoned animals



This year’s event sponsors are The Union-Recorder, Helen Green, Dr. William B. Lee, Linda and Gary Ashley, Lakeside Veterinary Clinic, Mary & Harvey Schoonmaker, Animal Hospital of Milledgeville, Williams Funeral Home and Crematory, W.A. Bragg and Company, Deb Campbell, Craftworks, Register & Son Cabinets, Janet Ficken and Esther Ficken, Steve and Denise Ellis, Patti & Pete Nawrocki, Harris & Co., Lee & Bo Edwards, Sheppard Appraisals, Jeanie’s Flowers & Gifts and Oconee Outfitters.

“We have just over $6,000 in sponsors this year. We are so thankful to our donors and sponsors; without them we wouldn’t be as successful as we are,” Thompson said. “We had a full house last year and it was the best auction we’ve ever had financially. After the cost of expenses, we made a grand total of $17,000. We always want to do better than the year before, but if we can make anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000 this year before we pay our bills, that would be wonderful.”

Funds raised will directly aid ARF in operation expenses, including the cost of vet bills, food, training, maintaining the facility and staff.

“We pay our staff who are animal care technicians and they help us so we can take care of the animals the best way we can. We have high standards of care at the Animal Rescue Foundation where animals are spayed and neutered before being adopted and vaccinated for heartworms,” Thompson said. “I wish we would be able to take in an animal and have them ready to be adopted within a week, but that’s in a perfect world which we don’t live in. Because it’s not a fast turnaround with adoptions on top of having regular expenses, this helps us get quality vet care for animals when they come in, feeding them great food, and maintaining the facility where they live because that’s their home.”

For more information about this year’s event, to donate supplies or funds, or purchase tickets, call 478-454-1273, email, or visit

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