Wine tasting to benefit Black Forest Animal Sanctuary

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Funds needed to help with everyday animal care, animal medical fund and equipment replacement

The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is dedicated to helping animals that have been abused, neglected or that are no longer wanted.

It costs a lot of money to feed and treat the animals medically. The animal sanctuary is hosting their annual wine tasting fundraiser in the hopes of raising $5,000 - $10,000. Last year the event brought in approximately $3,500 but this year the sanctuary spent more than $10,000 when it rescued animals during the Black Forest Fire.

Tracy Van Pelt, owner of BFAS, said during the fire they housed many animals that were recovering from burn injuries. Many animals were left behind because their owners had to flee the fire quickly and didn't have time to get them or they were not home and couldn't get back into Black Forest. Van Pelt said they rescued approximately 1,000 animals. BFAS volunteers even rescued animals during the night.

The fundraiser was already planned to help the sanctuary with everyday costs but after the fire they will also need money for the animal medical fund and for equipment replacement for the rescue teams. BFAS is made up of strictly volunteers.

“We'd really like to get everything ready for the next major disaster,” Van Pelt said.

Van Pelt said the fundraiser is not only helping the sanctuary but the Black Forest Fire victims and their animals as well.

The second annual wine tasting will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Aug. 3. It will take place at the Wine Shoppe at the Garden Center at Flying Horse located at 1615 Silversmith Road off of Northgate Boulevard. Tickets are $40 per person or two for $70 and can be purchased at www.bfasfarm.org. There will also be a silent and live auction.