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Pancakes for pets benefits Republic Paw Pantry

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Pet Pantry Headquarters in Republic

Pet Pantry Headquarters puts on the dawg (and cat) during a fund-raising even in Republic.

Republic Paw Pantry will host its Fourth Annual Pancakes for Paws Pancake Breakfast from 8-11a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Bair’s All-American Sports Grill in Republic at 1644 U.S. 60 highway in Republic.

“Our goal is $8,000 to save the Paw Pantry from closing,” says Krystal Gaines, president and co-found of the non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent pets from being abandoned or surrendered due to financial crisis. All proceeds will benefit the Republic Paw Pantry. The pantry is supported solely by donations and fundraising events.

The pantry provides temporary assistance of food and supplies to families affected by unemployment, chronic illness, and to seniors on fixed incomes.

The “all-you-can-eat” breakfast is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 10 and under. Tickets in available advance at Fanning Family Pet Care, 200 E. Missouri Highway 174 in Republic, or by calling (417) 893-0086.

Businesses are invited to become sponsors of the event at levels from $100 to $1,000. Pet food donations are also welcomed and encouraged. For information about becoming a sponsor, call (417) 893-0086 or email events@republicpawpantry.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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