Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thoughts from a VGSR Volunteer

If all it took was love and dedication, animal rescues would flourish without limit. Volunteers pour their hearts and souls into saving animals, but this love won’t pay the bills. However, Rescues are faced with the challenge of fundraising.

The Virginia German Shepherd Rescue’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament is a great event that brings in much needed funds! The gorgeous course at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club will also host some of VGSR’s alumni and currently available rescue dogs. Who better to witness the $50,000 Hole in One Prize Contest than one of the rescue dogs? This tremendous prize will be split between the winning golfer and VGSR.
Throughout the day, you’ll meet these gorgeous dogs who have faced some unfortunate times but, with your help, VGSR is changing their futures and finding them the loving homes they deserve. Because of the extreme generosity from many businesses and individuals, there will be a fantastic Silent Auction, Chinese Raffle and other raffles. A delicious dinner will be served in the Clubhouse during which a Parade of Rescues will proceed and prizes will be handed out.

If you cannot make the event, you can still bid on those auction items! This year, you can view the catalog online (under Important Documents on the right) and you don’t have to be present to place bids!
The more successful the golf tournament is, the more dogs VGSR can bring in during the rest of the year. Some volunteers work year round to make this event a success. VGSR needs funding to finance necessary medical services from routine shots, spaying, and neutering to complex surgical or medical procedures which are provided for every dog according to individual needs. Additionally, these dogs need volunteers to face the challenges by their side - picking them up from shelters, taking them into their homes, tending wounds of neglect, bringing them to Adoption Days and tirelessly searching for the perfect forever home.

Here are my reasons to show up on October 1.
These two wonderful dogs would not be in my life had VGSR volunteers not stepped up and rescued them. We adopted Amelia in 2003 and Joey in 2008. Please consider joining our celebration to help VGSR find forever homes for dogs like Amelia and Joey!

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