Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals Honors Two & Four-Legged Heroes at Black Tails Gala

On August 6th, 2011, pet owners and their pooches are invited to join the Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals for the "Black Tails Gala" from 7-11 p.m. at the Berkeley Hotel located on 1401 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ.

Pawsitively Purr-fect Evening to Raise Lifesaving Funds for Animal Rescue Groups

Saturday, August 6th, 2011, 7-11 p.m., The Berkeley Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ

Shrewsbury, NJ (July 17, 2011) – On August 6th, 2011, pet owners and their pooches are invited to join the Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals for the "Black Tails Gala" from 7-11 p.m. at the historic Berkeley Hotel located on 1401 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ. The evening will raise lifesaving funds to support the efforts of nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organizations from across the United States. During the event, the Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals will present honorees, Mike Harmon of Best Friends Animal Society and Erin McCarthy, a Harlequin Great Dane pet therapy dog, with awards for their outstanding commitments to making a difference in the lives of others, both man and dog.

Admission is $175 per person (dogs are free) and includes music by the band Heart of Gold, dancing, cocktail hour, open bar, dinner, dessert, King and Queen of the Gala Awards and more.  Evening fundraisers include a 50/50 raffle, Judith Ripka Helping Hands Jewelry Bar and luxurious chance and silent auctions.

Special Gala guests include Dr. Brian Voynick of News 12 NJ's "The Pet Stop" and Dr. Nicholas Dodman, one of the world’s most celebrated veterinary behaviorists and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Department at Tufts University. Special thanks to Black Tails Gala Sponsors Garden State Veterinary, Purr'n Pooch Pet Resort, Brand Aromatics Inc.  and Small Factory Productions.

"The Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals is honored to celebrate the lifesaving work of heroes, Mike Harmon and Erin McCarthy. The Black Tails Gala is an exciting venue to enjoy time with your dog and raise a paw to help save lives through the inspiring efforts of our honorees and grantees," said Elizabeth Palazzo, President, Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals.

To purchase tickets to the Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals' "Black Tails Gala" or for more information on event sponsorship visit www.purrnpoochfoundation.org.

About the Black Tails Gala Honorees
Mike Harmon, the Gala's two-legged Honoree, is the Community Training Partners Program Manager from the prestigious national nonprofit organization, Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, UT. The program provides immediate resources for rescues, shelters and individuals.  "With this program I get to directly help people and organizations save animals," said Mike Harmon. “It’s incredibly rewarding to play a role in lifesaving work every day.”  In association with Purr'n Pooch and local animal shelters, Mike has worked throughout Monmouth County rehabilitating and saving the lives of dogs that had once been deemed aggressive and unadoptable. Mike has also been out in the field representing Best Friends for Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike. Mike lives in Kanab, Utah with his wife, five dogs, two cats and a constant stream of foster animals.

Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®.  The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary.  This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation.

Harlequin Great Dane Erin McCarthy, the Gala's four-legged Honoree, is the companion of Julie and Jack McCarthy. The family, formerly of Monmouth Beach, NJ, currently resides in North Sutton, New Hampshire where Erin works at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in the "Hug a Hound" program. Erin visits the hospital weekly where she brings joy, smiles and promotes a release of emotions for patients, staff, family members and visitors.  "Lots of love and patience have brought Erin to where she is as a therapy dog. The training with positive reinforcement takes time. The dogs must pass their Canine Good Citizenship and Therapy Dog International certifications. It is extremely rewarding to see the positive changes in people when your dog visits patients. As a volunteer, you receive as much, or more back, from the experience as from the people you visit," said Julie McCarthy.

About The Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals
The Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals is dedicated to providing financial support and educational resources to non-profit, no-kill animals rescue groups and organizations across the United States. The Purr'n Pooch Foundation supports all species of animals and is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit purrnpoochfoundation.org for more information and a grant application.
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