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New Leash on Life to begin Guardian Guild Campaign

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

New Leash on Life will kick off its 2014 Guardian Guild Campaign on May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon.

New Leash on Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in Wilson County through shelter, placement, spay/neuter, education and awareness. The Guardian Guild is New Leash on Life’s monthly giving program that provides sustainable funds for the organization.

“A guardian is someone who guards, watches out for and protects others,” said Executive Director Amy Haverstick, who created the Guardian Guild program. “Many animals have no one to protect them.”

Haverstick said individuals who make monthly donations, which are tax deductible, help protect the lives of innocent animals.

“These monthly contributions allow us to show up every day to feed, shelter and care for every animal that crosses our threshold, and to provide spay and neuter services to thousands in our community,” she said. “In addition, it allows us to educate our community on the responsibilities of pet ownership.”

Haverstick gave two examples of what different amounts of monthly contributions will pay for at New Leash on Life.

“A monthly contribution of just $25 a month, or roughly 83-cents a day, will pay for one dog’s heartworm test and one rabies vaccine or one cat’s combo test,” she said. “A monthly gift of $100 will pay for two dogs’ spay or neuter and their distemper vaccines, as well as two cats’ spay or neuter and their distemper and rabies vaccines.”

The 2014 campaign kickoff will begin May 1 at 6 p.m. Events planned for the evening include the free showing of the family-friendly movie, “Hotel for Dogs,” the premiere of an informational video about New Leash on Life; a meet and greet with four dogs available for adoption, as well as the opportunity to meet the staff and volunteers with New Leash on Life.

However, because seating is limited to 400 people, those wishing to attend and see the family-friendly movie “Hotel for Dogs” for free must first get a ticket from either the Fix for Life Spay/Neuter Clinic at 511 W. Baddour Pkwy., or at the Pet Adoption Center at 507 Jim Draper Blvd.

“Hotel for Dogs” is a 2009 American children’s comedy film based on the 1971 Lois Duncan novel of the same name. It tells the story of two orphans, Andi and Bruce, who attempt to hide their dog at an abandoned hotel after their strict new guardians tell them that pets are forbidden at their home.

“Once you get your ticket, please don’t lose it as we will be giving away some great door prizes during the night, as well,” said Amelia Morrison Hipps, marketing and fundraising consultant. “The big door prize for the night will be two tickets to the Country Music Association’s filming of its annual Country Christmas Special at Bridgestone Arena in November.

“Additionally, thanks to the generosity of Pat and Glen Asp, all first-month contributions up to $1,800 will be matched. And New Leash is grateful to Pam and Bob Black and their generosity by allowing us to hold this event at the beautiful Capitol Theatre.”

Hipps said there would be laptops and iPads available for people who want to sign up as Guardian Guild members that night. 

“However, we understand a lot of people need to digest what they learn, so we’ll have information and a sign-up card they can take with them to send in later if they wish,” she said. “In addition, all those who join at the $25 level or more will get a free T-shirt that will be mailed to them.”

“We hope people will come out for a fun evening and to learn more about New Leash on Life and why we need everyone’s monthly support,” Haverstick said.

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