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Beemer’s Picnic for Pets Benefit Set for July 20 at Fletcher Park

Pilots N Paws and the Safety Net program of the Asheville Humane Society/Animal Compassion Network (AHS/ACN) will be the primary beneficiaries of this new event, which will run from 11am to 3pm. But everyone who attends will also benefit from the family-friendly bash.

The first-ever event will have a sumptuous variety of food, a unique group of vendors, great music, and great cars, including the electrifying, all-electric BMW i3. There will even be training tips provided by “Dog Father” Steve Canady.  Your dog and other four-legged friends will be welcome, as will your two-legged family and friends as well. You’ll be able to spread out your blanket or set up your lawn chair to relax and enjoy all the G-rated activities. You can also meet and greet the many and varied dogs strolling the grounds with their AHS/ACN volunteer handlers, or waiting patiently in their crates.

Beemer, Buncombe County’s most famous and loveable rescued pit bull, will of course be there at her kissing booth to buss picnic-goersin return for a small contribution to the day’s causes. (For those who don’t know, Beemer and ownee Joey Beckham have raised thousands of dollars for area rescue groups. That’s why Beemer has her name on the Picnic for Pets.)

Pilots N Paws is a national organization of pet-loving volunteer pilots who fly rescued dogs to receive specialized veterinary care or to get to their adoptingfamily. Although the pilots volunteer their time and donate fuel costs, the organization does need contributions to maintain the system used by its national network of volunteer organizers.  One local volunteer pilot is veterinary surgeon Dr. David Crouch. He has personally brought dozens of animals from the edge of euthanasia to loving new homes in his ten years with Pilots N Paws. Crouch will be at Beemer’s Picnic for Pets to share experiences and answer questions.

AHS, which rescued over 4,000 animals in 2013, is very familiar to animal lovers in the Asheville area. ACN, which was started as an independent organization, joined with AHS last year so it could focus more on its core mission of rescuing homeless animals.

As of PetGazette’s press time, the list of food vendors for Beemer’s Picnic for Pets included the Acropolis Pizza Truck, Avery’s Hot Dog cart, Circle B BBQ burgers and chicken, and Norman’s Ice Cream truck. Known non-food vendors included Pinups for Pit Bulls, which sells all manner of things pit bull and then donates the proceeds to pit bull rescue, Warrior Service Dogs, which matches veterans with service dogs, and Rotti Hearts Rescue. Thirty-One, a direct marketer of women’s handbags and accessories, represented locally by Independent Consultant Sue Ellen Ainsley,will also be there. Artists Sheila Rogers and Susan Strazzle, Island Top Design and Tee Shirts by Nikki will be there, too. PetGazette will be there to hand out goodie bags with gifts from our advertisers and gather ideas and information from the pet lovers who stop by. Music will be provided bythe dynamic, Brevard-based group, Promugova.

BMW of Asheville will have its new, i3 totally electric car on hand for test drives.There will also be some other four-wheeled Beemers available for test drives by licensed drivers, accompanied, of course, by a smiling but watchful BMW representative.

Admission/donation is $5 per person and a bag of pet food to benefit Pilots N Paws and the Safety Net program. For more information about the Beemer Picnic for the Pets event, do not call Beemer herself. Call Joey Beckham at her office (828 681-9902) or on her cell phone (828 646-8677), or email her at joelene.beckham@fieldsauto.com.

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