Pets' 'Spring Fling' today to raise funds for animal care

Valley Humane Society boutique sales aid sick, injured pets

The Animal Lover's Boutique, which is located year-round in the lobby of Feline Medical Center at 3160 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, will hold a special "Spring Fling for the Animals" event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Proceeds will benefit Jackie Barnett's "Just Like New Fund," a Valley Humane Society program that aids sick and injured pets.

Spring Fling 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 a host of Laurel Burch handbags, totes, scarves, socks and jewelry.

The boutique will also feature 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%.

The Just Like New Fund was founded in 1991 by Pleasanton animal advocate Jackie Barnett, who passed away in October 2009. The fund, which now bears Jackie's 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 Sue Marshall, D.V.M., owner of Feline Medical Center. "Fortunately, Valley Humane Society volunteers are continuing the work begun by Jackie. FMC is happy to help by continuing to devote a corner of our lobby to the Animal Lover's Boutique."

Although FMC does not offer veterinary services on weekends, it is opening its lobby tomorrow for the Spring Fling event. For more information, contact Vicki Zeigler, 925-872-7668, or visit the Valley Humane Society website,

--Jeb Bing

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