Charity Party: ARK Pub Night Report

On June 19 (Sun), a charity party was held in KR&AC (Kobe Regatta and Athletic Club) to celebrate ARK's 20th anniversary and raise funds for the new sanctuary facilities.

We staff dressed up as cats and dogs to greet the guests.
A traditional Scottish dance was on the program, so we also wore tartan clothing as well.

ARK's canine representatives were old dogs who live at Ms. Oliver's house.
There were three: Kenta, Shuu, and Tooweetoo.
They entertained the guests calmly and straightforwardly, with excellent manners.

We displayed the plans and photos of the location for the new sanctuary facilities.

The food was very satisfying in terms of both taste and quantity.
It was really good!

Dancing started with a live bagpipe performance.
It was a great opening - very impressive!
The dancing was led by people from the Kansai St. Andrews Society.
When I danced, I was surprised!
It was much harder than I imagined!
Ms. Oliver said, "It's just like bon-odori, isn't it?" but I don't think so at all!
It’s very difficult!
But everyone had a really good time dancing!

When we were good and tired, it was time for the charity raffle.

All the prizes were donated, so all profits from the raffle are going to ARK's new sanctuary building fund. We gave prizes to the winners who were present, and mailed prizes to those who participated via money transfer the next day.
(Click here to see the winners of the raffle.)

A lady at the party won a woodblock print by Fujiko Hemming.
She cried tears of joy, saying that the dog in the picture resembled a dog she had once shared joy and sorrow with.

We heard a report on the progress of construction of the new sanctuary facilities in Sasayama city.

The biggest issue is procurement of funds, but we can't give up on it even though it's an ambitious plan because we must change Japanese awareness of animal rescue, and improve conditions for abandoned animals.

There are people who know that animals are being made to suffer tragedy through humans' selfishness, but choose to ignore it. If animal rescue were more fun and easier to get involved in, perhaps more people would support it.

So we at ARK want to express the fun side of animal rescue.

We hope that the parties and events we hold as part of our outreach activities will give people the opportunity to notice that animal rescue is never far from their lives.

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