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Boca’s dog lovers turn out for Tri-County Animal Rescue’s fundraiser

Sharon DiPietro’s the No. 1 animal rescue fundraiser in Boca. But even the board chair for Tri-County Animal Rescue didn’t expect such a responsive audience.

“I got checks!,” DiPietro said after her talk at Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club Wednesday.

The no-kill animal shelter and rescue is about to launch phase II of a campus makeover at 21287 Boca Rio Road, DiPietro said. That’s where the checks come in and naming rights going forward.

Among plans for the new 64,000-square-foot campus are: canine and feline adoption centers and long-term housing. Also in the works are care and isolation areas for rescues and a HosPets for animals with medical needs. A mausoleum with serenity garden, increased in-ground burial plots are also planned. So are an agility course, in-ground pool, dog park and boarding and grooming.

Speaker Sharon DiPietro with president Howard Appell and chairman Carlos Romero at Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club.

DiPietro did a lookback on the shelter’s history and unexpected expenses during construction. She mentioned programs geared for seniors and senior pets, veterans and low-income families.

“We’ve rescued over 66,000 animals, and we re-home and rehabilitate them,” she said. “That’s what we do. We’re there to save the voiceless.”

DiPietro chairs Tri-County’s biggest fundraiser every year. She distributed Save the Date cards for the 18thannual Doggie and Kittie Ball on April 5, 2020 at Boca West Country Club.

The Lois Pope Pet Clinic animal hospital opened this summer. Here’s the link to medical and dental services; https://tricountyanimalrescue.com/the-lois-pope-pet-clinic/

By Marci Shatzman

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