In the arms of an angel

Feb 212011
Authors: Kari Pills

Animal House Shelter and Groomer, a local no-kill animal shelter, is looking to relocate and upgrade into a newer, larger green shelter through monthly fundraising events.

The shelter wants to expand three-plus acres in Larimer County, hopefully via a land donation. To do this, it must raise $1.25 million.

To help make this goal a reality, the shelter is launching a series of fundraisers to raise the money required for this project within a goal time frame of five years.

“Each year we’ll have a fundraising event schedule,” said Sandra Risler, executive director of Animal House Rescue and Grooming.

To kick-off fundraising for this month Animal House organized Mutt Matching, an event made possible by six veterinarians who personally raised money for the shelter through their practices.

“Friendship Animal Hospital started it off with $650,” Risler said.

For the rest of the year, Animal House is coordinating monthly events to continue along the road to a new shelter.
March’s event –– Cold Nose, Warm Hearts –– is an evening where people from the community can come enjoy a glass of wine and shop for artwork and handcrafted items made by many local artists. The proceeds from this event will benefit the shelter.

And more events are to follow.

“On April 2nd we are having Pins for Paws [Bowling Night],” Risler said. “This year it’s black-light bowling.”

The first annual yard sale and crafts event will take place on May 7. This event will help Fort Collins community members clear their closets and get rid of old items without having to do the work and to benefit a good cause along the way.

“We are accepting donations from the community,” Risler said.

In conjunction with this event, beginning in March items such as antiques, small furniture, toys, clothing, sport equipment and more can be donated directly to the Animal House.

In addition to these fundraisers, Animal House is always accepting donations.

“We do a lot of [fundraiser events] to give the community a lot of ways to participate,” Risler said. “They are for all ages.”

Sketches for the new shelter as well as more information on all of this year’s events can be found at

Staff Writer Kari Pills can be reached

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