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Tri-Valley animal group receives tax-exempt status

Paws In Need sets two fundraisers for 2014, continues to seek volunteers and donors

A Tri-Valley animal-welfare organization recently received federal tax-exempt status, helping it move forward with its goal of providing assistance for spay and neuter surgeries and emergency medical treatment for pets in the region.

Paws in Need -- which serves Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and Sunol -- plans to expand financial help to the community to offset costs associated with spay and neuter operations.

The all-volunteer nonprofit group will also take over the "Just Like New Fund," previously available through the Valley Humane Society, in order to offer assistance for one-time veterinary treatments for feral, stray or owned animals around the Tri-Valley, with the hope of reducing instances of euthanasia.

Paws In Need currently seeks volunteers and donors. An anonymous donor has offered to match any donation (up to $10,000) received by Dec. 31.

In addition, the organization has two fundraising events planned for early next year.

The Valentine Crab Feed Fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 8 from 6-10 p.m. at the Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave. in Dublin.

The Yard Sale at Milfleur is set for May 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 200 Ray St. in Pleasanton.

Paws In Need volunteers also operate an "Animal Lover's Boutique" at the Feline Medical Center, 3160 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, Monday through Friday. Proceeds benefit the Just Like New Fund.

For more information, call 551-1877 or email info@paws-in-need.org.

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