Moondog raises $4.8k

Event attendees from left to right: Steve Wigley, Amy Jordan, Angie Lawson, and Jason Bowers. (Submitted photo)

Event attendees from left to right: Steve Wigley, Amy Jordan, Angie Lawson, and Jason Bowers. (Submitted photo)

By Jillian Albrecht

It’s been well over a month since the Peko family of Carmel made tiny, terrier-mix, and Parvovirus survivor, Jasmine, part of their family. The rescue that placed Jasmine in a loving foster home before she found her “fur”ever home is Helping Paws.

Helping Paws Rescue specializes in rescuing animals in dire straits, and they frequently need expensive, emergency medical care.  Luckily for families looking to adopt, the medical care is not included in the adoption fee.

Helping Paws happily takes care of that bill, but sometimes the non-profit needs extra help.  The founder, Sydney Banch, and many volunteers helped to put together the fundraising event that was Nov. 15 at the Moon Dog Tavern.

The people at Moon Dog were happy to help and an incredible amount of other businesses pitched in, as well, donating items.  Jewelry from Barrington Jewels, Aronstam, Reis Nichols, Hofmeister, and Jared’s was donated for the auction.  Gift baskets, certificates, services, experiences, and autographed pictures any sport fan would be proud of were also generously donated.

After paying all of the event expenses, Helping Paws raised $4,800 to help pay for Jasmine’s medical bills. With just a small fraction of the bill left, the rescue can be very proud of what they accomplished.

“I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who donated items, purchased items or came to the Helping Paws event yesterday at Moondog,” said Helping Paws volunteer, Christa Petzke, who brought in a huge number of the donated items herself.


For more information about helping pay for vet bills or volunteering with Helping Paws, visit

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