Mecklenburg County’s Animal Care & Control is teaming up with the Great Harvest Bread Company for the seventh year to ensure free spays and neuters for people living in Mecklenburg County.
A celebrity bake-off and silent auction benefitting the upcoming Animal Kneads Day will kick off the fundraising on July 20, a Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Local celebrities and members of the media will strap on their aprons for the baking competition and raise money for Animal Care & Control.
“Every bit of money that comes from the celebrity bake-off and money raised from vendors and sponsors, 100 percent of it goes to the spay and neuter fund,” Melissa Knicely, with Animal Care & Control, said. “And that is actually how we are able to offer free spays and neuters to people in the community.”
The bake-off will take place at the Zoom Room in Ballantyne, 12239 N. Community House Road beside Earth Fare. People attending can bring their dogs for a doggie disco, mini agility lessons, free doggie donuts and more. The event is free to attend with online registration prior to the event or $5 at the door. To register go to www.zoom room.me/clt-BAKE.
Great Harvest Bread Company will hold its annual Animal Kneads Day at the Shops at Piper Glen shopping center at 6420 Rea Road on Aug. 18, a Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last year, the event, along with the bake-off, raised more than $13,000. This year, Janet Ganoung, who owns the bread company with her husband, Jeff, hopes to see the event bring in close to $20,000.
“Over the last six years we have raised over $50,000, but we are hoping that we are going to get some more,” Janet Ganoung said. “We have some corporate involvement, and with the celebrity bake-off we hope we can reach that goal.”
During Animal Kneads Day the company will sell loaves of bread for $10, and 100 percent of the money will be donated to animal control to provide free spays and neuters. Great Harvest will provide all supplies used to make the bread, and all employees working during the event are volunteering their time.
“We are just pretty devastated by the euthanasia rates in Mecklenburg County,” Janet Ganoung said. “… Our goal is for Mecklenburg County to one day have to borrow animals from other counties because they don’t have enough animals in the shelters.
“Adoptions are wonderful, but we can’t adopt our way out of the problem. We have to turn off the tap.”