City Sentinel Reporter
The Bella Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to assist low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners. It provides the cost of veterinary care when it cannot be afforded and finds permanent loving homes for rescued animals.
Every year thousands of animals are euthanized or sent home to die because the people who love them cannot afford the cost of veterinary care. Stray and abandoned animals have even fewer options when brought into a clinic with no owner to pay for their care.
“At The Bella Foundation, we believe every animal deserves to receive the best possible care regardless of the owner’s ability to pay,” said Christy Delano, Vice President/Low Income Assistance. “When an owner brings an animal into a clinic for care and cannot afford the cost, the attending veterinarian can contact The Bella Foundation for assistance.”
If assistance is given, the owner must agree to volunteer 8 hours of their time at either The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter or their local shelter.
“Stray or abandoned animals are cared for with no stipulation attached,” Delano said.
The Bella Foundation has announced their 6th annual 12 Dog Houses of Christmas dinner and auction. The event, on Saturday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. will be held at the Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City. All proceeds are used to fund The Bella Foundation’s Low Income Assistance Program.
There will be 12 designer doghouses will be auctioned at the event. They have been decorated by local artists and celebrities from the metro area. Dinner and cocktails will be served during the live and silent auction.
Participating artists this year include: Janice Mathews-Gordon, Michelle Junkin, Sue Hall, Andrea Gardner, Annie Braun, Christina Gracia, Amanda Christine-Shelton, Diana J Smith, Jennifer Cummins, Trey Watts and Chase Gilmore.
Well known for her love of dogs, Smith, owner of Designsmith, Inc., said, “This is my third year to participate in the Bella’s annual fundraising event. This year they distributed small doghouses to artists for them to paint/decorate and also asked them to donate a work of art to the auction. The event last year was great and raised quite a bit of money to help the foundation.”
“I was asked to paint a large house instead of one of the small ones. I said yes, of course,” Smith added. “When the doghouse was delivered, I was surprised how large it was. It’s coming along well though and will be done for the auction on Nov. 30th.”
Tax deductible tickets are $65 each, $120 for couples, and tables for eight, which include a bottle of red and white wine, are available for $500.
“Not only is the Dog House Auction one of our favorite events because local artists contribute their time and energy to make it happen, but this event generates nearly one third of the entire yearly budget for our Low Income Assistance Program,” said Delano.
“Our guests get to have a great time, bid on some amazing gifts, while raising funds to help pet owners who have fallen on hard times.”
“At The Bella Foundation, we believe every animal deserves to receive the best possible care regardless of the owner’s ability to pay,” said Eric McCune, co-founder of The Bella Foundation.
“Saving animals from pain or euthanization is pretty darn high on my priority list,” Smith said. “I just want to help raise funds for the Bella Foundation so they can continue to do this wonderful work.”
“Bella stands for “Because Every Little Life is Amazing.” Although they cannot speak, animals still feel pain and suffering. If we can somehow alleviate that suffering, then we are fulfilling our purpose, “ said McCune.
Tickets for the 12 Dog Houses of Christmas event can be purchased online at www.thebellafoundation.org/houses.