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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

‘Fur Ball’ raises money for local pet food pantry

Monday, April 7, 2014

The third annual "Fur Ball" will take place Saturday, April 12 at McKelvey Hall (Covenant Fellowship) in Moneta from 6 to 11 p.m.

Roxanne Harvey, who founded Freedom's Last Chance in 2008, organized the event to help fund the Freedom's Last Chance Pet Food Pantry and Animal Sanctuary.

The pantry provides pet food to residents who are financially struggling to feed their pets.

"We strongly believe that if people are having trouble feeding their families, they are also having trouble feeding their pets," said Harvey. "By having a pet food pantry, it has saved hundreds of pets from going to the local pound and being relinquished by their owners."

During the past few years, there has been an increase in owner relinquished animals at the local pound and an increase of pets being abandoned at local dumpsters, businesses and trailer parks, according to the Freedom's Last Chance website.

"We help these unwanted and abandoned animals by providing medical care, spaying and neutering, updating shots, testing for diseases and providing them a temporary home until a permanent one can be found," said Harvey.

Freedom's Last Chance, a non-profit organization, is always accepting donations. Monetary donations can be sent to Freedom's Last Chance, 90 Edgewood Farm Lane, Wirtz, VA 24184. Other needed items include Purina Cat Chow original dry cat food, Kitten Chow dry cat food, Friskies turkey and giblets pate (canned), Fancy Feast for kittens and any brand of dog food.

Also needed are any brand of cat litter (excluding scoopable), paper towels, Clorox, Windex, Pine Sol, pet carriers, trash bags, blankets, Omaha Steak Coolers, Glade Plug-in air fresheners and any other used pet items still in good, usable condition.

Donated items are tax-deductible and can be dropped off or picked up.

"Our Pet Food Pantry has been instrumental in providing pet food to those in need who are struggling to feed their pets," said Harvey. "The donations we have received have significantly contributed to our being able to save these animals and provide them food, shelter and medical care. We are dependent only on donations to continue our mission of hope for these innocent animals."

Tickets to the Fur Ball are $65 each for individuals and $120 per couple. Attire should be dress-casual.

Dinner will include prime rib or baked salmon, full salad and baked potato bar and desert.

Music will be performed by The Fat Daddy Band.

There will also be a cash bar and silent auction, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (540) 493-7880.

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