A no kill shelter holds 1st annual 'Shaggy Day', raising funds to help get cats and dogs adopted

Pet rescuers in St. Lucie County put on a fundraiser Sunday afternoon to benefit animals living at the Dogs and Cats Sanctuary.

Tom Gailer, came out to the 1 st annual Shaggy Day event, hoping maybe to leave with a new four legged friend.

"We're always looking to see if there's any animals out there that need help," said Gailer.

It's the kind of help that Dogs and Cats Sanctuary provide to hundreds of animals across the county.

Gailer supports this local no kill shelter.

He said, "Donating to those particular groups is very important because human life and pets are the same, as far as I'm concerned, and so everybody deserves a chance."

A chance organizers hope to see for Penelope and Scooter.

Penelope, the fury feline needs medical attention for cataracts in her left eye and 2 year old Scooter was turned in by a previous owner.

Organizer, Frances Powell said, "The fundraiser is going to help pay medical expenses, to make them more adoptable and it's going to give us the money to hire trainers that those that have issues, will be able to overcome them."

Powell said the more than 200 cats and dogs living at the facility were either lost, abandoned or surrendered.

Some have been there for months, and some for years.

But even at almost full capacity, they turn no animal way.

Organizers said anyone can drop off donations during the week to help out.

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