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Animal Rescue Coalition – Pause For Paws

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I think we can all agree that 2020 was a year we won’t soon forget and has brought about challenges we could never have imagined.  Every single person has been affected no matter what walk of life they come from. Personally, I can assure you that as an entertainer, I have really missed the audience interaction. I will tell you that most of my performances have been for two Golden Doodles who could not care less.

Many of my fellow musicians, as well as people in the hospitality industry, have been so deeply affected by the corona virus and the subsequent lock down we had to endure, not to mention the patrons themselves.  Weddings, festivals, and all the other events that Sarasota is so famous for have had to be postponed or sadly canceled. That said, I could also attest that we live in a town where there are so many creative people who refuse to succumb to something like a pandemic.  This unfortunate situation has simply served as inspiration for some to use their creativity.

The Animal Rescue Coalition has done just that!

The Animal Rescue Coalition Event

Executive Director Mary Dietterele has assembled an amazing committee of determined individuals who are pooling together resources to make this year’s event something quite extraordinary. 

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What would ordinarily be a yearly gala held at a local venue to raise crucial funding, has now been reimagined and is going to be held virtually!  I’m reminded of the Disney Spaceship Earth ride where we were given a glimpse of what technology would be like in the future.  Well… this is the future.

The concept is simple. The event will be broadcast via live stream and guests can tune in and bid on amazing items in real time.  There are several different sponsorship options and you can even order dinner from Michaels on East so you can have the full gala experience in your own home!

I recently had the opportunity to visit Mary and her lovely staff at their Sarasota headquarters.  They do such great work.  I learned so much about what they do for the community.  On this particular day, they were doing an intake of feral cats and performing spay/neutering on puppies. 

About The Organization

Ira Barsky and Edward Sarby founded the Animal Rescue Coalition in 1999.  It is a not-for-profit veterinarian organization which offers low cost vaccines, spay/neuter and prevention services to Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties.  Their work is vital to the many local shelters relying on their services in order to get the thousands of dogs and cats adopted.  To date, they have performed over 70,000 surgeries.  Because of the work they do, there has been an eighty percent reduction in the euthanization of healthy animals.

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Think about that for a moment.

It is truly heartbreaking to think of a healthy animal that could be placed in a home being euthanized.  As an animal lover, I can tell you this really tugged at my heartstrings.  This year is especially difficult as so many families are forced to surrender their pets, which is why this virtual event is so important. There are countless ways to help including volunteer opportunities. Check their website and their social media.

As they say, “The show must go on” and full disclosure, I am excited to be a part of it!

On behalf of the Animal Rescue Coalition and all of the animals that you will help by contributing, I invite you to “attend” this unique event!  Help me help those whose hearts will be filled with gratitude.  The event is open to the public and is at no cost!  You can dress up or attend in your jammies and enjoy the party with your own furry family!  Join me on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. as we gather virtually as the ARC of SRQ presents “the Celebration of Unconditional Love”.   For additional information:


Photos by Sheri Nadelman

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