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Sign campaign raises nearly $4,600

With bark and bite

Submitted Photo Khee Nance sits with her dog, Kemba, with one of the “Dogs 2020” signs.

A fund-raising effort involving a Dunkirk business has gone to the dogs.

Rookie’s on the Lake presented Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine rescue with a check of $4,583.25 from the proceeds of their Dogs 2020 sign campaign.

The year 2020 has been hard on all of us and has created many obstacles for rescues to raise funds to continue in their mission of saving lives. Rookies has been a big supporter of our local rescues. Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine Rescue was unable to host one of their big fundraisers at Rookie’s this year and Rookie’s was in the process of planning their fundraising Yappy Hour for local rescues just as the pandemic hit. Rookies on the Lake is currently closed down due to the pandemic, but owner Allan Steinberg and Office Manager Kris Andin-Goodwin still wanted to come up with a way to raise funds and help a local rescue.

“Kris came to me and asked if I could make the Dogs 2020 yard signs to sell, and I said ‘yes.’ I told her to contact Jennifer Boyda of Sadie’s and see if they wanted to do it as a fundraiser. Naturally, Jen was on board and from there, we sold almost 1,000 signs,” Steinberg said.

Steinberg didn’t stop at the signs, he also created koozies and bumper stickers for sale as well and all proceeds where donated to Sadie’s Canine Safe Harbor Rescue.

Submitted Photo Chloe sits with a check from Rookie’s. She is a current Sadie’s rescue resident and recent mom.

To sell the signs they had to be creative. Sadie’s held an election via Facebook “Likes” with photos of dogs with their yard signs. “We sold a lot via Facebook, Sadie’s set up tables in the mall parking lot a couple of nights, a few businesses sold some for us and a lot of it was word of mouth. I had a lot of people come to the office and say they stopped at someone’s house that had a sign to ask where they got it from. People love dogs, and they love to help dogs. The signs were a fun way to support a local rescue in a time we could use a good laugh. I think every one really had fun with the signs and the dog election, some of the posts were hysterical,” Andin-Goodwin said.

Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine Rescue is a 501c3 not for profit organization passionately dedicated to the rescue of canines from local shelters, out of state shelters and direct surrender from owners who can no longer care for their dogs. For more information on Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine Rescue or to donate visit their website at https://www.sadiesrescue.org.

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