Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - November 4, 2011

Boutique benefits Just Like New Fund

Buy animal-themed items for the holidays

The Animal Lover's Boutique, which is located year-round in the lobby of Feline Medical Center will hold a Holiday Sale for the Animals event tomorrow. Proceeds from the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. boutique will benefit Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund, a Valley Humane Society program that aids sick and injured pets.

The Holiday Sale will showcase animal-themed items for the holidays, such as planters, garden art, holiday ornaments, home decor, brass gifts, decorative pillows, purses and other fashion accessories, as well as cat and dog toys, dishes and accessories.

The Just Like New Fund was founded in 1995 by Pleasanton animal advocate Jackie Barnett, who died in 2009. The fund, which now bears Jackie's name, provides financial assistance to Tri-Valley residents who cannot afford emergency, lifesaving veterinary care for their pets. Since its beginning, the fund has helped save the lives of more than 400 companion animals.

Today more than 40 volunteers mentored by Jackie Barnett are continuing her work. Volunteers raise money for the Just Like New Fund by making and selling catnip toys and by operating the Animal Lover's Boutique at Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton. Although it does not offer veterinary services on weekends, it is opening its lobby tomorrow for the holiday sales event.

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