To celebrate their grand re-opening, Twisted Oak Tavern (formerly The Lab) in Agoura Hills will be hosting a fundraiser for Healthcare for Homeless Animals (HHA) on March 28. The pub will be donating 15 percent of the day’s proceeds to the charity.
HHA is an all volunteer non-profit that funds veterinary care for the companion animals housed at the Agoura Animal Shelter.
“This is the fourth year we’ve been doing a fundraiser for them, and this seemed like a natural fit,” said restauranteur Jeff Walker, managing partner of Twisted Oak Tavern, who was responsible for remodeling the site at the Agoura Hills Town Center. “In the past, we held the fundraiser during the week, so this should bring in more money, holding it on a Saturday.”
According to Irene Faust, an HHA spokesperson, many pets are turned in to animal shelters because their owners cannot afford the medical or dental care their animals require. Other animals are
strays who have been surviving on their own and need care to ensure that they are healthy. “The in-house vet, who is provided by the county, is only able to do the bare minimum of spay and neuter surgery,” said Faust. “He is only there two days per week. HHA is able to fund care for the animals that would otherwise be deemed too ill or injured.”
The organization takes the animals to a private vet where they get the necessary care and procedures at which point they can then be adopted, she said. “Without our intervention, many of these animals would be euthanized,” she said.
HHA also provides coverage for senior check-ups so that people can feel comfortable adopting a senior pet knowing more about what would be involved in terms of cost and care. In addition to providing foster care, the organization funds reconstructive surgeries for dogs and cats who have been injured. “We get our funding from some grants, but the majority of our funds come from private donations,” said Faust. “The fundraisers that we have throughout the year ensure that we never refuse care for an animal.”
The fundraisers also help raise awareness in the local community.”Since our founding in 1996, our budget has grown substantially and the shelter has come to rely on what we are able to provide for the animals,” she said. HHA currently aids over 200 pets per year.
According to Faust, the Agoura Shelter meets the national definition of no-kill in large part because of the organization’s ability to care for injured and ill pets. “We are completely non-salaried and have a very low overhead, so that all monies donated do truly go to veterinary care,” she said.
The Twisted Oak Tavern is located at 30105 Agoura Rd and will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday. There will be raffles, games and evening entertainment as part of the day’s festivities. For more information about HHA, go to: malibupetcompanions.org/