Pflugerville Nutrition is hosting the first fundraiser for the Pflugerville animal shelter since the pandemic began.
All tips the store receives from July 6 through Saturday will go the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services, as will 20% of its sales on Saturday, said Denise Stokes, owner of Pflugerville Nutrition.
The shake and energy tea shop at 2700 W. Pecan St. also will also host a “Treat Yourself Event” with local vendors Kendra Scott and Suga’s Cakery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday as another way to raise money for the shelter. Those attending are welcome to bring their furry friend.
“We are so excited to host this event,” Stokes said. “We have been promoting it on social media, telling our customers that come in about the event, and honestly our goal is to raise as much money as possible for the shelter.”
Carley Cardwell, board president of the Friends of Pflugerville Animal Shelter, said this will be the first in-person fundraiser for the shelter since the pandemic began in March 2020.
“I’m looking forward to seeing interaction with people again because I really missed being able to see everyone who supports us and to have the chance to talk to them in person again,” Cardwell said.
At the beginning of the year, Cardwell said she started going to Pflugerville Nutrition and that the shop was the perfect fit to host the event.
“I saw their beautiful drinks online and through just going to the shop I met Denise and got to talk with her, and because she is a Pflugerville business, I gave her the idea in us doing an onsite fundraiser event,” Cardwell said.
Stokes said she was thrilled when Cardwell asked her to host.
“When we moved to Texas, the Pflugerville Animal Shelter was a place that we used to go visit all the time the first few months of us living here,” Stokes said. “It was a nice place for us as a family on the weekends. We promised our kids once we got a house we would get a dog because when we lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn we never owned a dog. Coming to the shelter was the perfect place to go to get used to the idea and responsibility. Although because of allergies we unfortunately did not adopt from there, we’re so grateful for the shelter. So when Carley asked me to do this, I was so excited. It’s one of the special places in our heart.”
As board president since July 2019, Cardwell said the shelter is known to partner with local businesses like Pflugerville Nutrition to host such events.
“We try real hard to stick with that so it benefits locally because it is a local shelter and it’s always good to get the community involved by helping us out and the local businesses,” Cardwell said.
Since the pandemic began, Cardwell said the shelter was able to host fundraisers virtually through social media, including Instagram auctions and Facebook donation posts.
“If we had an animal that was hurt or sick, we would create that donation post on Facebook to keep everybody aware of what was going on in the shelter, which was our goal during the pandemic because we were still getting animals and they needed our help,” Cardwell said. “My favorite thing is to post a dog on our social media who was having medical issues and we get them fixed, adopted and then the owners send us a picture of them afterward and it truly is a happily ever after. Because we spend the money and the time on this dog, which may or may not make it, once we see that beautiful picture of them, they are truly living their best life in their new home.”
Cardwell said there are many ways residents can get involved in helping the shelter, such as visiting its website at friendsofpas.org or signing up for its newsletter.
“It’s a way for residents to hear all about what’s going on at the shelter, which we love, and they can also email us to get on our volunteer list so that when we do have an event coming up, we can send an email blast for those that want to help where they can,” Cardwell said.