Editor's note: Mary Hayashi is taking some time off from her column.
Now that the New Year is here, we at The Buddy Foundation do not want to forget to thank all of our faithful readers.
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You have supported us in so many ways -- and without you our felines would be just another number on the list of unwanted animals. You have made donations, volunteered and ultimately adopted these special animals.
Perhaps you are unaware, but The Buddy Foundation gets no state, county or city funds to assist us in our efforts. We are supported solely on donations from people like you and our Buddy events.
People often wonder about the adoption fees from our dog/cats, however. after we get done with veterinarians, specialists, medicines, food and special diets, spay and neuters and other animal related expenses, we never are in the black.
Also, Buddy is extremely unique in the fact that no one receives a salary or monies of any kind; we are all here on a voluntary basis. Which reminds us, we still need more cat and dog loving volunteers.
Adoptions are moving along, but Buddy still has some special needs cats that will make awesome pets (remember, Mercedes is still here waiting for her forever home!).
Please find enough love in your heart and your home to take in a new family member.
And don't forget to visit our gift shop at the shelter. We have something for every pet lover and pet in your life, including apparel, handcrafted items, children's items, pet toys, treats and more.
Every time you make a purchase, you help support the needs of many cats and dogs who are waiting to find a loving home.
So thank you for everything, and please continue to support us in our efforts, including the annual Buddy Birthday Party, which is rapidly approaching.
On Thursday, Feb. 28, The Buddy Foundation will be celebrating its 18th birthday with a Winter Wonderland theme. You can enjoy several drinks, a buffet and a night of fun and fulfillment while at the same time helping the animals.
Join us at Moretti's, 1799 S. Busse Road, in Mount Prospect, from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $35 at the door. There will be raffles, auctions and new games.
Tickets can be purchased through Pay Pal online at The Buddy Foundation website, www.thebuddyfoundation.org; at the shelter; or you can request tickets by mail by sending your request to: The Buddy Foundation, 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
For details, call (847) 290-5806.
Looking for a pair?
• Logan, a 6-year-old male, is a handsome young fellow with black and white markings and captivating yellow eyes. Logan must be adopted with his forever companion, Snowball. Logan is shy at first, but he loves to be petted and is very sweet -- he just needs a chance to get to know a loving owner.
• Snowball, a beautiful flame-point, male Siamese mix is also 6 years old. He is shy at first, but is very sweet and loves to be petted. Snowball also has cataracts in his left eye, which he will need care for from a loving companion. Snowball must be adopted with his forever companion Logan. Come visit Snowball and Logan today!
• Contact The Buddy Foundation at (847) 290-5806; visit us at 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights; or online at thebuddyfoundation.org.