Wild for Animals fundraiser returns to Newhall

Coco, a Boxer puppy, roams around the Castaic Animal Care Center in hopes of finding a new home on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

The Castaic Animal Care Center is inviting Santa Clarita residents to its second annual “Wild for Animals Too: We Hart Animal Art” fundraiser on Saturday, May 11.

The event is set to be held at William S. Hart Park in Newhall and will include an animal art exhibit, where more than 200 pieces of art will be on display, most of which will be available for purchase, and a silent auction with 50 baskets.

Local residents Kiza and Richard Hilton created this event after realizing that the center had never had a fundraiser.

“We admire the work that’s being done for the hundreds of animals at the center each year, and we love animals, so we wanted to do whatever we could to help them,” Kiza Hilton said. “Together, we can make a difference in these animals’ lives.”

Guests will be able to purchase art while enjoying wine and cheese, and kennel cards will be on display showing the pets available for adoption at the center.

An animal caricaturist, who can draw pets from photos, will also be in attendance, and special appearances will be made by the William S. Hart Park’s barnyard animals, as well as local, county, state and federal officials.

Donations are tax-deductible, and money raised will go directly to the Castaic Animal Care Center to help purchase medical equipment, as well as the Hart Park barnyard animals, according to Hilton.  

“We’re really grateful to the community, Kiza and her husband for being so generous,” said Don Belton, a spokeswoman with L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control.

Tickets for the event, which are $40 in advance or two for $75 and will be $50 at the door, include entry, food and a complimentary drink ticket. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, at William S. Hart Park, located at 24151 Newhall Ave.

Those who cannot attend are still welcome to donate and can send checks made out to the L.A. County Animal Care Foundation to the Castaic Animal Care Center. The Castaic Animal Care Center is located at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road in Castaic.

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