FRANKLIN TWP. — A $7,000 donation from the second annual Friday 4 Fluff will help keep dog and cat bowls full and veterinary care visits on schedule for the residents of Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge.
That’s a goal the event’s namesake, the late Erin Jacobs, affectionately known as ‘Fluff,’ would have strongly supported.
The former Wilkes-Barre resident’s love of animals as well as her generosity, humor and friendship is still widely known and remembered two years after her death.
Jacobs died on March 6, 2015, at the age of 36 from a brain aneurysm.
The family organized the first Friday 4 Fluff in 2016 to raise funds for Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge.
The result was a donation of over $6,000 to the nonprofit, no-kill shelter and an opportunity for family and friends to remember the young woman.
In 2017, the family rolled up its sleeves again to organize the second annual Friday 4 Fluff on March 3, which raised $7,000 through admission fees, basket raffles and t-shirt sales, said Cordie Braun, fundraising director at Blue Chip.
Friday 4 Fluff was held at The Riverside Café on Old River Road in Wilkes-Barre and attracted nearly 350 people.
“We can’t thank them (the Jacobs family) enough,” Braun said. “She (Erin) would have been an amazing volunteer for Blue Chip.”
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, located at 974 Lockville Road in Franklin Township, opened nearly 15 years ago to give scared, injured, neglected and unwanted animals a second chance at finding a loving home.
The facility operates solely on donations and volunteers.
Braun estimated medical care expenses for the cats, dogs and rabbits housed at the facility totaled $230,000 for 2016, which does not include operating costs, such as utilities and food.
“About 90 percent of the animals we receive never saw a vet, or have not seen a vet in a very long time,” Braun said. “About 75 percent are not spayed or neutered.”
Blue Chip’s history of rehabilitating injured or sick animals and successfully finding permanent homes for them is well known.
An example of Blue Chip’s staff dedication was demonstrated when Bane, a 3-year-old French bulldog, arrived last spring without the use of his back legs.
Blue Chip founder Marge Bart and the shelter’s supporters refused to give up on the pup. Bane was sent to Animal Therapy Center in Bethlehem for intensive physical therapy.
In December, Bane was still receiving physical therapy but could walk for 15 minutes on an underwater treadmill and had been adopted.
Blue Chip has had success in finding forever homes for 609 dogs, 225 cats and about 25 rabbits in 2016, Braun said.
Currently, the shelter has 130 cats, 25 dogs and several rabbits waiting to find permanent homes, Braun said.
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