A helping hand for AnimalWorks

Management at The Reserve at Maryville, the county’s newest luxury apartment complex, has a soft-spot for animals and opened their apartment community to AnimalWorks, a low-cost spay and neuter organization and no kill shelter, for a spring fund raiser.

The Reserve, located off William Blount Drive, hosted a “Don’t Shop - Adopt” day for AnimalWorks, raising more than $200 for the organization.

Denise Simpson, leasing professional at The Reserve, helped organize the event and said she was pleased with the turnout.

“We had approximately 75 people attend this event. We sold hot dogs, chips and drinks and donated the proceeds to AnimalWorks. We had a Bounce House for all the kids as well as face painting which was a huge hit with girls and boys alike,” said Simpson. “The Girl Scout Troop made homemade doggie treats and sold them, donating 100 percent of their proceeds to AnimalWorks. The pet photographer donated her proceeds as well.”

In addition to the money raised, awareness and applications for new volunteers, another area of great benefit to AnimalWorks, were also collected, Simpson said.

“Several of the volunteers who were here for this event told me how great it is to have events such as this, because it helps get the dogs out for some additional love and attention and keeps them socialized,” Simpson said.

Robin Grainger with AnimalWorks told The Reserve staff that money raised helps with vaccines, food, kitty litter and many other needed items.

“She also was not aware that The Reserve at Maryville was pet friendly before this event,” said Simpson, “and she said she will be telling people who come in with owner-surrender animals about us in hopes of curtailing the number of homeless/sheltered animals.”

Simpson said the team at The Reserve were so pleased with the event that they plan another fundraiser to help support AnimalWorks next year.

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