FRANKLIN TWP. — Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge is giving the community a way to remember a loved one or a beloved pet with the Legacy of Love memory wall.
The Legacy of Love wall is comprised of bricks purchased and engraved with a loved one’s or a pet’s name engraved on it and mounted onto the wall.
The memory wall will be unveiled during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the no-kill shelter’s facility at 974 Lockville Road, Dallas. Coffee and donuts will be available for guests.
The Legacy of Love wall was inspired by the engraved bricks the Back Mountain Memorial Library has sold over the years, said Cordie Braun, fundraising director at Blue Chip.
“We wanted to do something that would last the lifetime of Blue Chip,” Braun said. ” We wanted to give something in return to the generous support we received from the community.”
The bricks cost $125 for one or $200 for two, Braun said.
Proceeds from the sale of the bricks will offset the operating costs of the nonprofit shelter, Braun said.
“This year our operating costs will be close to $300,000,” she said.
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge has provided a haven and second chance for many pets to find a permanent, loving home.
Blue Chip owner Marge Bart and her staff of volunteers work to match each dog, cat, kitten and other animals with a loving owner.
So far this year, the shelter had 598 dogs adopted, Braun said.
“We are aiming to have 800 dogs adopted by the end of the year,” she said.
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In the last three months, the shelter had found homes for 60 kittens, Braun said.
“Our kittens are not at the shelter, but are with foster families,” she said.
The accomplishments of the shelter are a reflection of the generosity of the surrounding communities who help fund the facility through donations.
Braun said public donations allowed them to cover medical costs to rehabilitate animals as well as with neutering, spaying, vaccinations and microchipping. Donations also cover the costs of basic daily care of the animals.
The Legacy of Love wall will “make people feel like they are apart of Blue Chip,” Braun said.
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