Law Firm Hosts Fundraiser to Aid "Foreclosure Pets"
A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping a growing number of abandoned pets left behind by troubled homeowners in foreclosure said Tuesday that a Wisconsin-based law firm had raised $16,000 to aid the organization's mission. No Paws Left Behind, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness to and finding solutions for the growing phenomena of foreclosure pets, said that the law firm of Blommer Peterman, S.C. had made the contribution after organizing and sponsoring a wine tasting and silent auction. "We organized this event to increase local awareness of the increasing problem of foreclosure pets," said Deb Blommer, managing partner at the law firm. "We greatly appreciate the generous contributions, which made this fundraiser possible, and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with No Paws Left Behind in the future." The March 28 fundraising event took place at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, Wis. and featured 40 wine offerings provided by Vino 100, which donated 10 percent of its proceeds to No Paws Left Behind. Local stores and businesses donated over eighty gift baskets for the silent auction, many of which were dog-themed. Excluding the wine, Blommer Peterman underwrote all event costs, thus allowing all contributions to directly benefit No Paws Left Behind. The money raised will help Milwaukee-area no-kill shelters offset the expenses of lodging pets rescued from abandoned homes. "By organizing this event, Blommer Peterman, S.C. has demonstrated its commitment to helping homeowners find alternatives -- such as No Kill shelters -- to abandoning their pets in the foreclosure process," said Cheryl Lang, president and founder of No Paws Left Behind. "The strong turnout for this event illustrates that people are aware of the foreclosure pet epidemic and are taking strides to reduce the number of pets that are left behind during foreclosure." For Lang, No Paws Left Behind is a labor of personal interest, as the long-time default industry veteran also owns and manages Integrated Mortgage Solutions, a Houston-based national property preservation and field services company. Lang launched the nonprofit last year after seeing her firm face a growing number of abandoned pets in need of care and feeding. For more information, visit http://www.nopawsleftbehind.org. Write to Paul Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.