Jazz brunch helps rescue efforts

A packed house of 120 supporters helped raise $5,600 for the animal rescue and emergency programs of Animal Aid Inc.

The recent Champagne Jazz Brunch for Animal Aid was staged at the Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. A $49 donation included a brunch buffet, live entertainment, a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds will be used to help the severely injured animals the group takes in, said Tamera DeMello, the nonprofit’s president.

“This was a very successful event, and we hope to do it every year. The money we raised will enable us to take on additional injured animals that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to help,” she said. “We estimate this money will enable us to save an additional 22 severely injured animals.”

DeMello said the money will be used to treat rescued animals, vaccinate them, spay or neuter them, if necessary, and place them for adoption. Her group adopts out about 100 animals — 60 dogs and 40 cats — on average a month, she said.

“These are animals that would otherwise be put to death,” she said.

Animal Aid operates a no-kill animal recovery and adoption center in Oakland Park that takes in emergency, abuse and neglect cases.

Delphine Pichot, who attended the event, is a big supporter. She learned about the group when she rescued some stray cats from a car dealership and tried to get them neutered.

“I didn’t have much luck until I called Animal Aid,” she said. “They vaccinated and neutered them for free. They’re not just out to make money, but to invest in these animals and rescue them; they take care of those who want to help animals.”

Ashley Rowe, the owner of a rescue dog, appreciates the group’s efforts.

“They are bringing needed attention to the issue of pet over-population,” she said.

Sandy Burns, a pet-sitter who also attended the event, said, “We’re all responsible for the animals our maker placed on this earth, and it’s just a tragedy how so many people treat animals. We’re too much of a throw-away society.”

For more information, visit Animal-aid.com or call 754-223-5378.

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