It all started with one man wanting to do something good.
David Rosentrater of University of Phoenix found Waggs and Wishes and Angie Potter on Facebook and decided that is the organization he was going to help out. He teamed up with Neil Hunter, another Enrollment Counselor at University or Phoenix, and came up with a contest that would net Waggs and Wishes the haul of a lifetime!
When 500 pounds of food was collected, the bar was set higher. When 800 was reached – the goal went to 1000 pounds.
As the deadline approached, the teams realized they had over 1500 pounds of pet food, over 300 toy items for dogs and cats. They came to Waggs and Wishes on Oct. 27, 2010 with the food and toys as gifts for the animals. They also brought various supplies like leashes, cat litter, cages and blankets.
Finally, David presented Angie and Josette with gift cards from Speedway and Pet Smart.
As a way of saying ‘thank you’, Angie named one of the dogs at the shelter ‘Phoenix’. The same day, Phoenix was adopted by a couple from Farmington Hills.
David says after finding out more about what Angie does, “Their story just blew me away. That and the fact they had the courage and the dream to do what they do.”
With over 50 dogs and puppies either at the shelter or in area foster homes, as well as over 20 cats, Angie and her sister, Josette Messing, need any help they get.
Waggs and Wishes runs primarily on donations from others along with their own time and money. While with Waggs and Wishes, all the animals receive veterinary care that can sometimes run upwards of thousands of dollars. The cost of the care and food falls to Angie, Josette and whatever comes in donations.
The donations received will help Angie and Josette greatly and will likely last a couple of months. If you would like to help Waggs and Wishes, you can attend the next fund raising event being held November 6 at House of Shamrocks (John R, North of 9 Mile in Hazel Park) from 2 pm to 6 pm. Admission is $10 per person at the door. There will be drink specials, food, silent auctions, and 50/50 raffles. Donations are also accepted at any time. Just stop by the DPW Yard (where the animal shelter is located) at 521 E. Cambourne, visit their website at www.waggsandwishes.org, or call Angie Potter at 734-658-1268 for more information.
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The Ferndale 115 News is committed to helping Waggs and Wishes find homes for displaced animals. To see a sampling of animals available for adoption, check out our Pet and Animal section at – http://oaklandcounty115.com/category/pets-and-animal/.