The Bucks County SPCA’s 12th annual Black Cat 5K & 1 Mile Walk in October was a big success thanks to the many volunteers and participants from across the country who raised nearly $20,000 to help homeless animals.
Traditionally, the event is held at Peace Valley Park but this year everything went virtual. Animal-lovers from California to New Jersey walked and ran in the location of their choice. A new team fundraising component engaged participants’ friends, family, and even some four-footed friends.
The most unique and successful fundraising team included 1 full-size and 8 miniature horses from Mobile Minis, Inc. in Doylestown. Linda Vataha is the founder of Mobile Minis, a nonprofit whose mission is to serve the special needs community through pet therapy. Linda adopted one of her horses named Blue from the Montgomery County SPCA, so it was a natural connection to enlist the support of Blue and his companions to raise money for other rescued animals.
She signed up her Mobile Minis team for the Black Cat 5K. The horses wore cat ears and tails for the event and helped raised $1,707 for the Bucks County SPCA. As the top fundraising team, several members of Mobile Mini’s were given a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Bucks County SPCA shelter in Quakertown, including the barn where rescued farm animals are rehabilitated until they can be re-homed.
Encouraged by the success of the Black Cat 5K, the Mobile Minis hosted a Christmas Pictures event in December. This time the horses were sporting reindeer antlers. Visitors came dressed in Christmas sweaters and smiles to have their photos taken with the tiny horse “reindeer.” The three-day event raised another $1,119 for shelter animals!
Pandemic or not, the Bucks County SPCA is hard at work every day taking care of animals who become homeless through no fault of their own. “Our service income is down considerably this year,” said BCSPCA Executive Director Linda Reider. “We are all the more appreciative of creative and kind people like Linda and her Mobile Minis team who are doing what they can to make sure animals are taken care of. Nearly all of our funding comes from individual donors and a handful of fundraisers. Every little bit helps us keep animals well-fed and cared for until we can find them a new home.”
PHOTO CAP: Mobile Minis founder Linda Vataha (second from left) and her team of volunteers with their miniature horses ready for the BCSPCA’s Black Cat 5K event.
About the Bucks County SPCA:
For more than a century the Bucks County SPCA has provided a safe haven for animals who have been abandoned or lost, surrendered by their owners, or who have endured abuse or neglect. BCSPCA works to improve the welfare of animals in the county through sheltering, foster care and adoption, lost and found pet assistance, subsidized sterilization of cats, animal cruelty investigation, community outreach, and support services to help keep pets in their home. The organization is proud to have sustained a 93% average live release rate in recent years. Bucks County SPCA is an independent nonprofit supported by local charitable donations and is not affiliated with or financially supported by other local, state or national organizations. Donate online at www.bcspca.org or call 215-794-7425.