Photo above: Local plastic surgeon Dr. Audrey Klenke and her husband Trevor and daughter Mabel meet PAL resident Desi, who is waiting for her furr-ever home.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Audrey Klenke is no stranger to animal rescue.
“We have two rescue dogs at home, and supporting local animal rescue efforts gives us the opportunity, as a family, to save even more,” said Klenke.
Animal rescue is a 24/7 endeavor, and for nonprofit organizations like the Palmetto Animal League, fundraising is a crucial component. PAL must be creative and cost-effective in its fundraising efforts so it can direct every dollar possible toward its life-saving efforts.
With that goal in mind, Palmetto Animal League is launching an ambitious “1,000 Lives Worth Saving” campaign, asking the community to help by making small monthly donations.
“For just $9 a month – or one special gift of $99 – you can save a life right now,” explains PAL President and Founder Amy Campanini. “Your $99 promises life to one of the 1,000 pets we’ve set out to save.”
PAL is taking the campaign one step further, inviting people to help spread the word by visiting its Riverwalk Park Adoption Center from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, to take a few photos with an adoptable pet. Then it’s asking folks to share their photos on social media, encouraging friends and family to donate too.
“There are so many people who are unable to adopt or who already have a full house that still want to save animals,” said longtime PAL supporter and volunteer Cheryl Curry, who is participating with her husband Tom. “This initiative gives anyone the opportunity to save dozens of lives simply by spreading the word and engaging their friends and family.”
So far dozens of people throughout the Lowcountry and Savannah have offered to be part of the campaign, including Klenke, who took time from her busy medical practice to stop by PAL with her husband Trevor and daughter Mabel.
“All of our staff at Pinnacle Plastic Surgery are huge animal lovers,” said Klenke, who is on the medical staff at both Beaufort Memorial and Hilton Head Hospital. “We’ve supported PAL’s compassionate no-kill approach to animal rescue in the past with our own Blankets for Botox promotion, and now we want to be part of 1,000 Lives Worth Saving. PAL’s work is crucial to so many animals in need.”
In addition to the Curry and Klenke families, several popular radio personalities, including Shark from G100, Stacy Scott from Rewind 107.9, Jake Thomson from Bob 106.9, Monty Jett from The Island and Marshall from Rock 106.1 will also be working the airwaves and their social media pages to save as many lives as possible. Several of the radio personalities will also be broadcasting live from the Adoption Center on Feb. 18 for the photo day event.
“In radio, we get to attend a lot of fun events, but having our photos taken with PAL pets was one of our best days at the office,” said Marshall. “We are pleased to do our part to let everyone know how they can help rescue a pet.”
For all the details on how you can participate in PAL’s 1,000 Lives Worth Saving online event, stop by the PAL Adoption Center, located in Riverwalk Business Park, between noon and 5 p.m. Feb. 18, or visit PalmettoAnimalLeague.org.