EYE-Q Cares, a charitable program driven by employees of EYE-Q Vision Care, recently donated $10,000 to the Valley Animal Center. The money was raised at EYE-Q Cares’ Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held in April at Fig Garden Golf Course. All tournament proceeds went directly to the Valley Animal Center – a nonprofit, no-kill dog and cat adoption organization that provides humane animal services to the San Joaquin Valley. The center offers shelter and medical treatment to companion animals and operates a low-cost spay and neuter clinic to help control the local pet population.
With its charity golf tournament, EYE-Q Cares facilitated a successful turnout of golfers, sponsorships and community involvement. The Valley Animal Center also played an active role on the day of the tournament, bringing its mobile adoption and rescue caboose (MARC) to the golf course. This climate-controlled trailer transports up to 25 of the center’s animals to community events where they can be introduced to the public and potentially find permanent, loving homes.
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Given the pet overpopulation crisis in the local area and the fact that the San Joaquin Valley has one of the highest euthanasia rates in the United States, the EYE-Q Cares committee believed that the Valley Animal Center made the perfect beneficiary for this year’s golf tournament.
“The Valley Animal Center has taken the lead in improving the lives of companion animals throughout the Valley and we are excited to support their efforts,” said Micshel Kalkowski, special events and marketing coordinator for EYE-Q and leader of the EYE-Q Cares committee. “We also recognize the critical strides the center is making toward reducing the use of euthanasia in our area and we feel fortunate to contribute to such an important goal.”
Rosie Davenport, community relations coordinator for the Valley Animal Center, said that the EYE-Q Cares donation is one of the largest her organization has received this year. “This donation will make a huge impact,” said Davenport. “We are grateful for this fantastic show of support – it will help us extend the reach of our services and allow us to care for more cats and dogs throughout the region.”