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Vienna Partnership to Save Pets - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Oct 26,2016
Filed Under Pets , Community,

Vienna Vintner owner and event sponsor Victor Mendes with co-founder of Wolf Trap Animal Rescue, Dr. Amber Burton, and Vienna Vintner rescue-mascot Ruff, at Thursday’s FUNdraiser on behalf of WTAR. Photo by Donna Manz.

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By Donna Manz

VIENNA  - Good business-neighbor and community supporter Vienna Vintner took the side of the non-humans among us on Thursday evening as the much-loved wine shop hosted a "FUNdraiser" on behalf of Wolf Trap Animal Rescue, a local vet-and-volunteer-run animal rescue team. Organized and coordinated by Jordan Rice, daughter of JDA custom home builder Dennis Rice, the fundraiser included appetizers donated by local restaurants and a diversity of high-quality wines donated by Vienna Vintner. The “J” in JDA, Rice sought out donors for food and raffle prizes. A regular client of Vienna Vintner, she did not have to go far for a venue or fundraising partner. Approximately 50 guests came to sample wine, mingle with one another, and make a wine purchase in support of WTAR. Vienna Vintner donated 20 percent of its proceeds to WTAR. Co-founders Dr. Amber Burton, Jesse Marsh, and Kimberly Pettit, welcomed guests.

“Our friends from JDA homes approached us,” said Vienna Vintner owner Victor Mendes. “A lot of Vienna Vintner customers got their dogs from there [Wolf Trap Animal Rescue], and we are happy to help them out. We have a rescue mascot in the store.”

THE CORE of WTAR is to transport pets in high-kill shelters, primarily in Mississippi, to Fairfax County homes for protection. Currently, WTAR has no intake facility. Fosters are at the ready to bring the rescues – frequently dozens – into their homes, socializing and loving the dogs until they find their forever homes. With Jordan Rice assisting Burton to find a suitable site for its center and animals hospital, WTAR found space in the Merrifield area to build an animal clinic and intake center. The build-out is estimated to cost $500,000, and businesses and other groups have contributed seed money, said WTAR veterinarian and co-founder Amber Burton. The new facility of more than 4,200 square feet will embrace an animal hospital, intake center, and WTAR headquarters’ offices. Burton has been caring for pets as house-calls since establishing WTAR.

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