FOTAS Seeks Art Donations for Howl-o-ween & Holiday Fair

The compound challenges of the pandemic and the Almeda Fire stopped Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) from holding in-person fundraisers in 2020, except one – the October crafts fair at the Historic Jacksonville Courthouse. The support of this pet-friendly community was so enthusiastic that FOTAS will reprise the event in 2021 as the Howl-O-Ween & Holidays Fair on October 30-31, 10am-4pm. Animal lovers and those who enjoy the Fall and Winter holidays will have a fun opportunity to shop early for gifts and decor, from “trick or treat” to “Happy New Year!”

The Historic Jacksonville Courthouse grounds provide a wonderful venue, and FOTAS is counting on our community’s artists and crafters to help fill it with their donated creations. Top sellers last year included quilts, ceramics, jewelry and attire. This year, we expect demand for Halloween costumes for both pets and their humans. The season will be right for Harvest decor, and who doesn’t like shopping for something unique to dress the home for the Holidays? Or to get a jump preparing handmade holiday cards for mailing?

Because of the generous support of the City of Jacksonville and Pronto Print, FOTAS will be able to hold this event free of expenses, meaning that every cent of every sale will benefit our community’s animals. Those who give and those who shop will boost not only in-shelter work but the new spay/neuter trailer, Working Cats, Street Dogs and foster programs as well.

Donated handcrafted items can be left at the FOTAS Office at 5595 S. Pacific Highway in Phoenix, or donated by contacting Laura Ahearn at (458) 226-0600 to make other arrangements. For more information, please call Laura or see www.fotas.org/holidays-fair.

Mark October 30-31 on your calendar and start making your shopping list!

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