Going To The Dogs, Two-Fold

Bosque Animal Rescue Kennel hosting two fundraising events rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions

CLIFTON -- Few things can be more heartbreaking than seeing a pet without a home, especially when they have come from an abusive or neglectful environment.

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The Bosque Animal Rescue Kennels (BARK) rescues, rehabilitates, re-homes, relocates, fosters out and socializes stray dogs in Bosque County, often finding dogs suitable for service work. In the process, BARK seeks to diminish suffering from emotional and physical neglect or abuse by providing care and love necessary for these deserving creatures to flourish and regain their self confidence.

“Take a dog home to foster and give them the home life they need to be adopted and allow them to be so loving to your family,” said Jackie Murski, BARK president. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”

To help fund their daily operations they regularly have fundraising activities. Two popular fundraisers were postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions in the spring.

BARK CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT SATURDAY

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Up first, the BARK Charity Golf Tournament hosted by the Bosque Valley Golf Club will now be held Saturday, June 13.

The four-man scramble costs $75 per person, $300 per team. A lunch will be provided for all players. Registration will be held at 9 a.m. with Tee times starting at 10 a.m. Mulligans cost $5 for two tickets per nine holes and 10 feet of string for "closest to the pin" will cost $10.

Additionally, BARK will be offering a gun raffle with tickets costing  $10 each. Course prizes are offered after the tournament.

To register your team for the tournament, please contact BARK at 254-675-1954. With the event limited to 15 teams, please check to see if there is still a spot open for you. Then you can sign up online at: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/ODQ1MDg=.

BARK LOOKING FOR RUMMAGE SALE DONATIONS

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the popular Annual BARK Rummage Sale had to be rescheduled for July 31-Aug. 1. On Friday, the sale will run from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., then on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Clifton Civic Center, located at 403 W. 3rd Street, Clifton. The rummage sale was initially planned for May 29-30.

Please consider donating interesting, unique, gently used items to the sale. Toys, linens, kitchen ware, furniture, garden, tools, decorative items, everything except clothing and computer or electronic equipment area welcome. To arrange drop off times, call Whitney Smith at 254-675-7712.

Presently, BARK has been doing some renovations to the kennels with phase 1 of the project, laying concrete slabs, completed. But BARK continues to seek contributions and donations for the next phases of the project.

"I'm passionate about rescue and educating our community on responsible pet ownership, and the need for our organization," Murski said. "I hope to carry a legacy forward that is duplicatable and successful for BARK to thrive and grow."

Encouraging everyone to consider being a part, BARK offers these reasons to volunteer:

  1. Be part of the solution. You'll join a network of hundreds of thousands of people working to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures. You'll make the jobs of everyone working for animals a little easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.
  2. Get warm fuzzies. You'll never find a more grateful and accepting comrade than an animal you've comforted.
  3. Keep good company. You'll make lots of new friends—and not just the four-legged kind. Working side by side with people who share similar interests can forge lifelong friendships.
  4. Meet the new you. You'll discover skills you never knew you had, and you may be surprised at what you're capable of achieving.
  5. Gain a new career. You'll learn things that may lead you to the career—or career change—of your dreams. Employers and college admissions officers look favorably on time spent in volunteer service. More on careers with animals.
  6. Enjoy a wagging tail, a purr, and a smile. Didn't someone once say that the best things in life are free?

For more information, find BARK on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/bosqueanimalrescuekennels/ or visit the BARK website at: https://www.barkrescue.org/.

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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