I had a posting to Facebook today from Mary O’Connor-Shaver who is working to end the puppy mill dog auctions here in Ohio. As many of you know, Mary and her friends at the Coalition to Ban Dog Auctions are trying to get an initiative on the 2011 ballot to prevent dog auctions in Ohio. Volunteers are gathering signatures before the December 1, 2010 deadline to introduce this measure to Ohio voters. 120,700 signatures are needed. As of June 30, only 19,358 signatures had been collected.

We collected signatures at the garage sale we had in July and we’ve also been collecting signatures at our adoption events.

You can read a very nice article in USA Today about “Animal Activists,” including Mary O’ Connor-Shaver: USA Today article

A meeting at BarkPark on Saturday, October 2, will allow people from Delaware and Franklin counties, as well as the surrounding areas, to learn more about the initiative to ban dog auctions and how to go about gathering the signatures that are needed to present this to voters in 2011. The meeting is being hosted by Lenny and Marcia Perry Rhoades at BarkPark from 1-3 pm. If you would like to attend, you must RSVP by Friday, October 1.

Here is the information that Mary sent, which includes an agenda for the day:

“Subject: Delaware County – Coalition Meeting on the Ohio Dog Auctions Act

“Marcia Perry Rhoades, who with her husband Lenny, are huge animal lovers and supporters of Central Ohio’s humane community. Marcia and Lenny have graciously agreed to host our Delaware/Franklin counties – Coalition Meeting on the Ohio Dog Auctions Act on their private property, BarkPark.

“Through the generous donations of their members and supporters, BarkPark reached their one million dollar goal in the summer of 2009. 100% of the funds raised through BarkPark were donated to 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare organizations to aid in their effort to save animals and educate the public.

“(Click here to visit the beautiful grounds of their residence)
BARKPARK Photos

“DATE:
Sat., October 2, 2010
(R.S.V.P. by Fri., October 1, 2010)

“TIME:
1-3:00 PM EST

“LOCATION:
Bark Park
6755 Merchant Road
Delaware, OH 43215

“TARGET AUDIENCE:

“Registered voters in Delaware and Franklin counties who have an interest in supporting the Initiative Petition (Ohio Dog Auctions Act) to ban dog auctions and raffles in Ohio.

“GOALS:
Introduce the team who have been instrumental in leading and supporting the ballot initiative (Ohio Dog Auctions Act) campaign for Delaware and Franklin counties.

“Provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue on the proposed legislation.

“Provide materials and training for supporters interested in serving as Petition Circulators.

“SCHEDULE:

“1:00 PM
Welcome and Introduction of Committee Members for Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions and Special Guests

“Marica Perry Rhoades – Founder and Owner of Bark Park

“1:15 PM
Review of Ballot Initiative Campaign – 2009 Results and 2010 Re-Launch

“Mary O’Connor-Shaver – Treasurer, Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

“1:30 PM
Review of Initiative Petition – Ohio Dog Auctions Act

“Mary O’Connor-Shaver – Treasurer, Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

“1:45 PM
Q&A

“Committee Members, Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions

“2:15 PM
Closing

“Marica Perry Rhoades – Founder and Owner of Bark Park

“2:30 PM
Training Session for Petition Circulators

“Veronica Dickey – Committee Member, Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions”

To RSVP that you will be attending this meeting, join Ohio Voters Against Puppy Mills and Dog Auctions on Facebook and become friends with Mary Shaver, so you can send a message to let her know you will be attending this.

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