Animal rescue

80s style promises a totally tubular era

It’s time to break out those parachute pants and put the collar on a polo shirt or two or maybe dust off that sweater dress so you can head to Sandite Team Animal Rescue’s Fifth Annual Rock ‘n Rescue: ’80s Style.

The October 14 event will feature an excellent silent auction and best-dressed contest, and totally tubular music will be provided by the Jennifer Marriott Band.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented STAR from hosting fundraising events in 2019 and 2020, but the organization was able to “surf the waters,” thanks to the generosity of its many supporters, said Lisa Riggs, president. of STAR’s Board of Directors.

Last fall’s Rock ‘n Rescue was also a big hit, she said, but “the flip side is that everything is more expensive and we’re seeing an increase in need.”

“I think part of the rise in abandoned, neglected, and abandoned pets is also due to COVID,” Riggs said. “People adopted pets during the pandemic while at home and have now returned to work; people are worried about the hit the economy has taken from COVID and need to tighten their budgets.

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Without continued financial support, STAR’s ability to rescue and care for abused, neglected and homeless pets is in jeopardy, she said.

STAR is a 501©(3) charity that works directly with Sand Springs Animal Welfare – the town’s animal shelter – to take many of the seemingly less promising cases and ultimately place them in suitable adoptive homes.

Over the past year, STAR has been able to provide veterinary care to more than 100 animals, according to Tammy Ervin, STAR’s adoption coordinator.

STAR covers x-rays and surgical repair of wounds, treatment for scabies and other skin conditions, antibiotics for infections, treatment for fleas and ticks, testing and treatment for heartworm and parvo , and spaying surgeries, as well as vaccinations and health certificates that are required for animals leaving Oklahoma in transport for adoption in other states.

STAR held a Betty White Challenge fundraiser on January 17 – which would have been the 100th birthday of the beloved actress and animal rights activist who died on New Year’s Eve – raising $2,676, specifically to buy items requested by Sand Springs Animal Welfare.

Items purchased included slow-feeding bowls, dry erase boards and markers for kennels, Kong dog toys, Kuranda chew-resistant PVC dog beds, and five-nest PVC cat towers.

Riggs said financial contributions are the best way to help STAR, and all donations to the all-volunteer organization are tax-deductible. Donations can be made from the group’s Facebook page.

But maybe you’d prefer an evening to relive the great 80s. It’s bound to be awesome.