The Friends of Wonder Valley is sponsoring the Lucky Dog Event staring at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020.
We'll have some free vaccinations and low-cost micro-chipping as well as free dog and cat food, leashes, collars, bedding and other pet supplies. First come, first served, and limited to Wonder Valley residents only.
All dogs are required to be on leashes and people attending must wear masks, practice strict social distancing, and follow instructions from the volunteers so the event can successful and repeated in the future.
Financial donations can be made to the Wonder Valley Lucky Dog fund via the Facebook fundraiser at https://www.facebook.com/donate/2731475913761358/ or to the sponsor, The Friends of Wonder Valley (please note that your donation is earmarked for the Lucky Dog Fund. If you provide a mailing or email address, a receipt will be sent to you.)
If you desire to directly donate pet food or supplies, they can be dropped off at the Wonder Valley Community Center on Saturday 9/19 and/or Saturday 9/26 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. You can also call 760- 865-9669 to arrange a pick-up or drop-off of pet donations.
Wonder Valley is a small unincorporated community of about 900 people. The city of Twentynine Palms is 15 miles west. Many of the residents of Wonder Valley are retirees, are disabled, or chose to live where their fixed income stretches further.
Nearly everyone we know has at least one rescue dog. Most of these dogs were abandoned in the desert of Wonder Valley. These dogs mean a lot to the people who rescued them, who are often very isolated, living at least 15 miles from the nearest store or gas station. Most people live on 5 acres, at least a quarter mile from their nearest neighbor. Their dogs are their dearest friends.
With Covid increasing their isolation, and adding financial strain, many residents find themselves having to choose between feeding their pets or themselves.
Contributions from other dog lovers would go a long way toward keeping pets and owners together, and both properly fed.
The Friends of Wonder Valley is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit in charge of the "Lucky Dog" dog food drive