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MIXED BREEDS: The Bella Foundation’s Mixtapes, Fosters and Volunteers event is a call to action

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The Bella Foundation will be hosting "Mixtapes, Fosters and Volunteers" at DC on Film Row at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30.
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OKLAHOMA CITY—For many of Oklahoma City’s cats and dogs, the Bella Foundation has become a leading force in rescuing these precious animals from death—either in a shelter or on the streets—by providing rescue services, veterinary assistance and through fostering and eventually, adopting out, over 1500 animals a year. Remarkably, this is all done out of a small office with only a paid staff of about three people.

The main reason the motor behind Bella works so well, according to Executive Director Matt Goodwin, is because of their numerous volunteers and foster families that have selflessly taken on the responsibility of caring and nurturing these future fur-babies, making sure that they will be ready, emotionally and behaviorally, for their forever home. And it’s through events like the upcoming Mixtapes, Fosters, and Volunteers shindig that brings public awareness to the constant needs of the Foundation.

“This event is to let people know about our foster program and, specifically, how it works,” Goodwin said. “We provide food, we pay for the animal’s vet care, we provide a crate, toys…anything you would need to care for the animal. All the foster has to do is get them to the vet for their regularly scheduled appointments and to the adoption events on Saturdays. So we’d love to recruit more fosters and let them know that’s they are really the frontline of saving these animals.”

Pulling in animals from not only Oklahoma City shelters but from surrounding rural shelters as well where they are so inundated with animals that they have far fewer resources to take them on, Bella also accepts animals that are coming out of desperate situations where they have to be surrendered. With so many animals needing to be taken care of and loved, it is of the utmost importance that they keep a high level of volunteers and fosters at all times.

“We do our best to make a large impact in the community for the animals and for people, but we also try to operate as frugally a possible,” Goodwin said. “There’s no way that we could help the thousands of animals that we do if it wasn’t for the volunteers. There are lots of ways to help make an impact on the animals, so we just wanted to have a night to tell people how they can get involved. When we all work together, it allows us to help more animals than we ever could on our own and the Mixtapes, Fosters and Volunteers event is designed to bring awareness to that.”

Mixtapes, Fosters and Volunteers will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30th at DC on Film Row, 609 W. Sheridan Ave. Appetizers are provided by Cafe 7 while a mixtape of hits from the 80s will spin overhead, but the real reason for the event is to hear testimonies from foster parents, sharing their stories of love as attendees get to meet some of the animals awaiting adoption.

“This is our tenth year of operation and we feel like, in that time, that we have proven ourselves to be a consistent and credible source of helping animals in this city,” Goodwin added. “There are so many people who love and are passionate about animals and might wanna help us out…we feel like we could be a great place for that to happen and maybe fill an empty hole in their life, especially if they are looking to make a difference.”

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