After a successful event in 2017, a local animal shelter organization will be hosting a trivia night fundraiser later this month.
The Farmington Pet Adoption Center (FPAC) is a no-kill rescue and adoption operation with attached Second Chance Resale Store, which provides a portion of the organization’s funding. The center currently is located at 2901 South Highway 67 in Farmington and houses approximately 27 dogs and 85 cats.
“Our mission is to simply give a good life to every dog and cat we can put our hands on,” said Mickie McClanahan, FPAC board member and Resale Shop manager. “In order to pay that bill, we have our resale store that pays about 60 percent of what it takes to keep the bills paid for vets, medicines and the staff at the kennels.
“A lot of people just bring us money every month because they know what we do and they care so deeply.”
McClanahan said FPAC is not a rescue in the sense that its volunteers and staff do not go out into the community and look for mistreated or homeless cats and dogs, but they do assist residents with getting found animals vet treatment when they are brought in.
“As our population makes room—when dogs and cats are adopted—we go to the pound and pull them out of there before their seven days are up and they move someplace else,” she said. “When people come to us with a mama dog and five babies they found, we rarely have room for them all at one time.
“But we will find a rescue with a no-kill shelter and get those animals to a safe place as quickly as possible. We only deal with no-kill shelters, and we are a no-kill shelter—the only one in the seven surrounding counties.”
Even though FPAC has been around since 1986, McClanahan said the organization consistently has the problem of their presence not being known by the public, which is particularly problematic when the center is largely supported only by local donations and support.
The 2017 trivia night to support FPAC was a great success, with McClanahan saying a great deal of credit for last year’s event goes to her granddaughters, Andrea and Caroline. The fundraiser provided the center with about $3,400 to go towards vet and medicinal cost and payment for its kennel workers.
This year’s trivia night will be held on July 27 at St. Paul Lutheran School, located at 608 E. Columbia St. in Farmington. Doors for the event open at 5:30 p.m., with trivia beginning at 7 p.m.
McClanahan said attendees can bring their own snacks and drinks, with alcohol being allowed. Also available that evening will be a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, baked goods sale and attendance prizes. Registration is $120 for a table of eight team members.
To register or for more information, contact McClanahan at 631-1548.
The funds raised on the night of the trivia night will go toward the center’s regular monthly costs, including vet bills, medicine costs and general operations. Even if you can’t make it out to the trivia night, McClanahan said donations are welcome at any time.
On Oct. 26 of this year, the center will host Cosmic Black Light Bingo for the first time, also at St. Paul Lutheran School.
The Farmington Pet Adoption Center and Second Chance Resale Store are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.