Fundraiser today helps build animal sanctuary

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (W.A.R.F.) will return to Sparks for the second annual “Pouring for Paws” fundraiser Sunday, September 16 from 2-5PM at New West Distributing.

The fundraiser will help the group build its new rural sanctuary for rescued animals, a need following the closure in 2015 of the Tahoe Vista Shelter. The rescue organization has no way to house at-risk animals long-term, and relies on its network of dedicated foster families; they have recently purchased a 20-acre parcel in Stagecoach that will serve as the site of its long-dreamed sanctuary.

WARF has also teamed up with the Hidden Valley Horse Protection Fund, another all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing the wild horses of the Virginia Range and the surrounding areas. A portion of the Stagecoach sanctuary property will be devoted to creating a temporary holding area for wild horses rounded up and otherwise destined for slaughter until they can be vetted and sent to long-term sanctuaries or placed with safe and loving horse families.

Enjoy food catered by CoCoMoes, and local-favorite band Under the Radar will treat guests to jazz/funk/rock and blues. CoCoMoes will provide a vegan and vegetarian menu of finger food and a stir-fry station, and wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Raffle prizes include items from local businesses, and a silent auction features luxury prizes such as a stay at Walley's Resort, a two-night package at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, a pair of round-trip tickets on Jet Blue, boat tours on the Lake, and much more.

Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been helping animals in the Northern Nevada area for almost 20 years. W.A.R.F. was founded after a visit to a local shelter to adopt a dog resulted in the rescue of 6 animals that had been scheduled for euthanasia that same day. A group of dedicated, like-minded friends came together and decided to make it their mission to continue to save lives, one animal at a time, and formed the rescue group.

During the first 15 years of W.A.R.F.’s existence, the organization partnered with the Tahoe Vista Animal Shelter, providing safe harbor for thousands of animals in a facility that could truly call itself “no-kill.” With the closure of the shelter in 2015, W.A.R.F no longer has a place for rescued animals awaiting their forever homes. W.A.R.F. is raising funds to establish a sanctuary, for both adoptable pets and for animals unable to be placed into permanent homes.

W.A.R.F. commits to its rescues over the course of the animal’s entire life, and a sanctuary will allow the group to extend that help to many more. In addition to the June fundraiser, the group is seeking assistance with infrastructure, fencing and animal habitats.

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund is an all-volunteer registered 501(c)3 non-profit Nevada corporation, officially founded in 2008. Its federal tax ID# is 80-0208865. For more than 30 years, volunteers from the Reno community have led a grassroots effort to ensure public safety as well as the preservation, protection, promotion and rescue of the historic wild horses that graze the Virginia Range east of Reno.

Volunteers monitor herd health and grazing availability, and actively provide technical large-animal rescue to at-risk and injured wild horses, and install and mend fencing and cattle guards. Volunteers continue to work on the 685-acre sanctuary north of Reno that will be the long-term home for its rescued herd.

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund has rescued 168 Virginia Range wild horses and has 145 horses in its care.