Conservation & Animal Welfare

Animal welfare agency sets event fundraising record

Written by Mindia Whittier

Animal welfare organization sees record attendance and fundraising at first post-Covid event.

A North Texas animal shelter reports that it raised a record $800,000 at its first in-person fundraising event since 2019. Funds generated from the event will support the organization’s mission to provide lifesaving care to homeless pets.

Operation Kindness hosted 540 guests at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas on Nov. 6 for its 29th annual Canines, Cats & Cabernet gala. The event included a silent and live auction, dinner, drinks and live music by the Emerald City Band. An adoption lounge was designated for animals and guests to visit, resulting in 6 pets adopted during the event. Raffle prizes included an eight-day stay for two at a beach-front resort in Mexico, or choosing a pair of diamond earrings donated by Diamonds Direct. Virtual attendees could participate in the silent action by signing-up for a complimentary ticket online. Sponsors for the event included Meridian Veterinary Capital, A#1 Air, ThompsonKnight, Frost Bank, Ebby Halliday Companies and Dawna Johnston.

Donations will be used to expand investment into the organization’s medical team and provide more opportunities for dogs and cats to receive care until they’re ready for adoption. Operation Kindness was founded in 1976. In addition to pet adoptions, the organization provides extensive medical care for homeless animals, a foster program, a pet food pantry, and a surrender prevention program education to pet parents and volunteer opportunities.

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