WAG benefit a success; looks for donations, volunteers

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 By Susan Benson

Special to the Pioneer


A great time was had by all at the “Party For The Pups,” the first annual fundraising party to benefit Williston Animal Group held March 5 at the Ocala National Golf Club.  

Over 100 guests enjoyed a fun filled evening, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres as well as a silent auction, live auction and karaoke.  

Special thanks to our Williston businesses who sponsored the event, including: Adena Springs, Frank Barnett, the Ivy House. Melanie’s Restaurant, Piper Kub, Capital City Bank, and Klover Leaf Tack.

Funds raised will be used for day-to-day expenses, spay/neuter of dogs and capital improvements at the kennel.

 The organization is also in need of a van to transport dogs and is in the process of planning some facility improvements.

We are thrilled with the response to our first fundraising party and look forward to an even better and bigger event next year. I was especially pleased to gain support from the equestrian community and I felt the party helped accomplish the goal of expanding awareness for the WAG.

Williston Animal Group would like to thank all the attendees, sponsors and the many businesses that donated items for the auctions.  We look forward to their participation next year.

Don’t miss  “The Sniff Fest Easter Egg Hunt” at www.traineddoghappydog.com  Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m.  

Please visit our website at www.willistonanimalgroup.com for  more information and to learn about upcoming events or call 352-528-9888. 

Williston Animal Group, WAG, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit all volunteer rescue group based in Williston. The beautiful kennel facility on five acres enables them to pursue their mission of rescuing, and finding homes for dogs.   

The Williston Animal Group is dedicated to improving the lives companion animals in our community and to finding permanent, loving homes for the dogs in our protective care. We provide a safe haven for animals in transition, serve as advocates for animals, and work to end animal overpopulation and cruelty. We educate the public about compassion and responsibility toward all animals.  Only a few years ago in our area many abandoned strays were needlessly destroyed. Since its formation, WAG has rescued over 3000 dogs, cats and other critters and now almost all of these are placed with new families.

Susan Benson is the president of WAG.