Save Our Animal Rescues, also known as SOAR, will host its inaugural fundraiser, Every Pet is Perfect Parade and Show, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Sweet Briar College.
The event will benefit SOAR’s efforts to save pets from euthanasia due to their owner’s inability to pay medical expenses.
The event is open to all animals and gates open at noon.
The show will feature categories such as great kisser and funniest trick.
Other entertainment includes an animal water park, a microchip station and demonstrations by animal trainer Miriam Fields-Babineau.
Rescue animals also will be available for adoption.
The deadline to register is Aug. 9., and the cost to enter is $10 for the parade or $20 for both the show and the parade.
SOAR’s founder Amy Napior hopes the pet parade and show will become an annual fundraising event.
“Our whole mission is to prevent an animal to be euthanized for strictly monetary reasons,” Napior said.
“It happens a lot. People don’t realize how expensive animals can be.”
The financial burden placed on some owners can be exorbitant. For example, Napior’s poodle, Hummer, suffers from Addison’s disease, a disorder of the adrenal glands which she said results in a monthly $200 veterinarian bill.
“We would do what we had to do to pay—no questions in our minds,” Napior said.
To help owners in similar situations, SOAR has paid out roughly $11,700 over the last two years, and the need for its services is increasing.
In 2011, the organization assisted seven animals with their medical bills, Napior said.
In 2012, that number grew to 29.
With little less than half of the year remaining, Napior said the organization already has assisted 29 owners in 2013.
“We don’t ask to be paid back,” she said. “I do ask [them], if they can do it, to help us with fundraisers or go to humane societies and help them.”
Every Pet is Perfect desperately needs volunteers, Napior said. Meanwhile, the event’s underlying mission is just as dire.
“Your pet is your best friend,” Napior said.