Fundraiser for HARTS; local animal rescue group
After another grueling 'wildfire season' of putting their own heart, money and time into saving animals, local non-profit HARTS Rescue is already looking ahead to the next critical rescue mission.
HARTS or Heavenly Animal Rescue Team and Services, is hosting a “Meet & Eat” on Sunday, March 3rd, to raise funds to help with the cost of their rescues.
"It's to get us ready for the fire season and to help us with the animals that are currently in our care," D.J. Longbrake said.
Sunday's event at Hometown Buffet in Medford begins with a breakfast fundraiser at 8 a.m. and continues all-day for lunch and dinner until 8 p.m.
While HARTS is already FEMA certified, they recently completed the Technical Large Animal Rescue training held at the Jackson County Expo to learn more about other disaster rescue technique (mud, fire, property damage, etc).
"We just want to thank the community for their support during these fires, especially the Camp Fire," Longbrake said. "That was a life-changing experience that opened up another realm for us in terms of natural disasters and rescue."
Several animals that HARTS Rescue has helped to save will be in attendance, including 'Feather', a goat rescued from the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.
"She was severely burned; critical burned," Longbrake said. "The last time I saw her, we were basically breathing for her, she stopped breathing. I was elevating her head while Jeff was carrying her up the hill. We got her to UC Davis where they were 'traching' her to help her breathe."
Feather's owners lost everything in the Camp Fire.
TICKET INFO --> Breakfast tickets (8:00 a.m- 11:00 a.m.) are $10 per person.
Lunch and dinner tickets (11:30 a.m. -8:00 p.m.) are $15 per person.