Pleasanton Weekly

News - April 16, 2010

Boutique to benefit animals

Fundraiser named after Pleasanton animal lover

The Animal Lover's Boutique, located year-round in the lobby of Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa Rita Road, will hold a special "Spring Fling for the Animals" event Saturday.

Proceeds from the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. boutique will benefit Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund, a Valley Humane Society program that aids sick and injured pets.

The boutique will showcase new items for spring and Mother's Day such as dog and cat planters filled with hardy succulents, animal-themed wind chimes, travel mugs, brass gifts and colorful pillows, as well as Laurel Burch handbags, totes, scarves, socks and jewelry. There also will be a new line of whimsical greeting cards and a wide selection of pet toys, dishes and accessories, and dog- and cat-themed gifts for people. A "bargain bazaar" will offer items that have been discounted 50 percent.

The Just Like New Fund was founded in 1991 by Pleasanton animal advocate Jackie Barnett, who died in October. The fund, which now bears her name, assists with one-time emergency veterinary costs for sick or injured pets to prevent euthanasia due to lack of funds.

"Jackie's dedication and tireless efforts saved the lives of hundreds of companion animals through the Just Like New Fund," said veterinarian Sue Marshall, owner of Feline Medical Center. "Fortunately, Valley Humane Society volunteers are continuing the work begun by Jackie."

Although the veterinary center does not offer services on weekends, it is opening its lobby on Saturday for the event. For more information, contact Vicki Zeigler at 872-7668, or visit the Valley Humane Society Web site, www.valleyhumane.org.

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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