Monday, September 22, 2008

Pooch Mooch 2008 to Benefit Atlanta-Area Pets

PRNewswire/ -- You can hear the howls of appreciation all around metro-Atlanta as "clients" of Atlanta-based Pets Are Loving Support, Inc. (P.A.L.S.) celebrate the news that Pooch Mooch 2008 will help raise necessary funds to keep them and their owners together. Presented by Wunderkind Public Relations, an Atlanta-based communications strategy and services company, Pooch Mooch 2008 will aid P.A.L.S. in its mission to provide pet-care, such as free food and basic veterinary care, to the companion pets of critically ill, disabled and elderly Atlanta residents. The event, which features a silent auction, will be held November 16 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the King Plow Arts Center in West Midtown.

"This is a tough economy for non-profit organizations and we could not continue our services without the generous support of friends like Wunderkind Public Relations," said Kevin Bryant, executive director, Pets Are Loving Support. "We anticipate an increase in the demand for our services through next year due to rising healthcare costs, and the funds raised through Pooch Mooch 2008 will help cover our ever-growing operating expenses, including delivery of pet meals to the homebound, pet food supplies and veterinary costs."

Hundreds of pets each year are surrendered to family members, friends or animal shelters because people with chronic illnesses, disabilities or the aging cannot afford to take proper care of them due to rising medical and living expenses. P.A.L.S. provides the basic needs of companion animals of Atlanta's critically ill and senior citizens, who might face health issues such as cancer or Alzheimer's alone, if it were not for their pets. Already this year, the non-profit organization has helped more than 700 pet clients stay where they belong - in their own homes with those that love them most.

"As a company with animal advocacy as our charitable platform, we are thrilled to present Pooch Mooch 2008, which acknowledges the healing bond between humans and animals," said Steve McAbee, president and founder, Wunderkind Public Relations. "We expect the evening to be filled with fun, friendship and giving, and a rousing success for our beneficiary."

Event Sponsors and Donations for Silent Auction Needed

Pooch Mooch 2008 is seeking sponsors for this year's event. Interested parties should contact P.A.L.S., palsatlanta@palsatlanta.org, or email info@poochmooch.com for more information.

Pooch Mooch 2008 will feature a silent auction of more than 100 items. Already, private and corporate donors have contributed items such as vacation stays at resorts around the world, roundtrip airline tickets, gift certificates to cooking school, cosmetic services, weekend mountain getaways, custom artwork, pet-related products and services, and much more. Visit the event website to preview auction items and stay up to date on the latest additions. To donate an item, contact auction@poochmooch.com or visit the website for more information.

Tickets are $25 in advance. For event information and to purchase tickets, visit www.poochmooch.com.

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