Fundraiser provides glimpse into shelter
Fans of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control got a peek into the behind-the-scenes workings of the facility at the shelter’s Paws for Progress open house. About 200 people were expected to attend the animal welfare shelter event Saturday afternoon, Holly Pasquinelli, the shelter’s community relations and education specialist said. The fundraiser marks the 20th anniversary for the Hillegas Road location, she added.
On-site tours allowed the public to walk through the kennel areas where strays and animals up for adoption are kept in large clean cages, snuggle puppies and kittens for a small donation and visit the medical area currently under construction.
Money raised Saturday will help complete fundraising for the expansion of the medical area, where Dr. Andrew Riebe oversees about 20 medical surgeries daily, he said. Many of those are spaying operations, he added.
Corbyn Cordes, 12, attended the open house with his grandmother Petra Smith and younger brother Andrew Hile, 6. In April, Corbyn will turn 13, the age requirement to become a student volunteer. He said he has wanted to volunteer since last year when he learned about the opportunity.
Meeting with Emilee Smith, the shelter’s volunteer coordinator, at the open house gave him the chance to get an important question answered.
“Do we get to pet the kitties?” he asked her. Smith said yes, the answer Corbyn was looking for.
The Summit Middle School student shares his love with cats and dogs, but his brother Andrew said he preferred dogs, period.
Those who couldn’t attend Paws for Progress will have to wait until next year for the once-a-year touring opportunity. But anyone can make a donation online at www.fwacc.org or at the front desk at 3020 Hillegas Road.