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‘Bark at the Bar’ fundraiser to benefit Cape animal shelter

By Staff | Nov 20, 2018

The Cape Coral Animal Shelter will get another boost, thanks to the Cape Royal Golf Club and Caloosa Club Patio & Tiki Bar.

A “Bark at the Bar” fundraiser has been set for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday with four-legged guests welcome.

“They are huge supporters of the shelter and any kind of organization that supports the welfare of animals,” said Cape Coral Animal Shelter board member, Pamela Aubuchon said in a phone interview.

Executive chef Mark Thomas … “jumped up and said if we do the Bark at the Bar Fundraiser, he’d love to host it for the shelter,”Aubuchon said.

The event will feature live music by Jimmy McQuewen, special food and drink offerings, gift basket drawings and 50/50 raffles throughout the evening.

Pets will be allowed to attend, although dogs must be well-socialized with other people and pets. Four-legged guests will get to enjoy complimentary homemade specialty treats such as fresh water bowls and an assortment of homemade dog treats.

“It’ll be a nice evening to get to know more about the shelter and have some commodity and liveliness with friends and family,” Aubuchon said.

There will also be specialty cocktails and a small plates menu. Proceeds will be donated to the shelter.

When asked what type of small plates guests would get to choose from, Aubuchon said, “Little sandwiches like sliders, things that are fun and easy to eat.”

There will be a full bar and the specialty drinks will, “Probably be fun, frozen cocktail concoctions,” Aubuchon said. “Probably named in a cat and dog type of theme.”

There are more than 250 people in the Cape Royal Golf Club community, and Aubuchon said she’s been told the residents are all very pet-friendly. Due to the community’s love for all things Fido, Aubuchon expects about 200 people to come out to the event.

The shelter officially broke ground earlier this month and it’s expected to be complete within the year. The newly-minted Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be located near Sun Splash Family Waterpark at 325 S.W. Second Ave.

In addition to adoption services and medical care, the 4.6-acre non-profit, no-kill animal shelter will feature education and training for the prevention of cruelty and abandonment.

Aubuchon said she doesn’t have a set goal in terms of how much money she’d like to raise, but anything made at the fundraiser is one step closer to the shelter’s goal.

“To be at complete buildout for the first phase, we need $2.2-2.5 million,” she said. “We’re close, but we need more to complete the shelter.”

And once the shelter opens its doors, it will need funds to keep supporting it, too.

The opportunity to be part of building Cape Coral’s first no-kill animal shelter is not lost on Aubuchon. She calls it an “incredible project” and says she has a very strong belief in it.

“To have the amount of people involved and for everyone to be all in-from the mayor, city manager, city council, city staff, residents, and businesses, everybody- there’s nothing but positive energy going toward this,” Aubuchon said.

A gift basket and 50/50 raffles will also be held throughout the evening. Fifty percent of proceeds from the 50/50 raffles will go to the winner and the other half will go to the animal shelter.

There will be about a dozen baskets and they will have a cat or dog theme. For example, the cat basket could have a coffee mug in it that says “I love cats,” and cat-themed home decor and cat treats.

“There will be animal-related items,” Aubuchon said. “For people, too.”

What makes the shelter so unique is that everyone in the city has a chance to be part of the project, no matter the size of their contribution to the shelter.

“Whether they come and volunteered or whether they attended an event,” Auchuchon said. “Whether they donated a dollar or $100,000, they are part of it. That’s what makes this animal shelter great.”

Cape Royal Golf Club and the Caloosa Club Patio & Tiki Bar, 11460 Royal Tee Circle.