Animal Advocates of Carroll County to host skating fundraiser

The Animal Advocates of Carroll County are celebrating Carroll's past while supporting animals' futures Thursday, with a special fundraising event at The Liberty Roller Skate Center in Sykesville.

According to Laura Shenk, with the Animal Advocates, this fundraiser came about as a fun way to raise money for the organization, while supporting the nostalgia of many of the members who remember skating there back in the 1980s.


"A lot of us were kids when the original Liberty Skate was around," Shenk said. "We were in middle school, and they used to have skate parties, and it would be a party for the whole school. When it closed, it was a really sad thing."

The Liberty Roller Skate Center reopened to the public on May 20, under the ownership of Susan Jabadra. Shenk said when she heard about the reopening, she thought it would be the perfect site for a special event.

Those who mention the Animal Advocates Thursday night will have 25 percent of their admission fees donated to the organization. In addition, the Animal Advocates will also host a 50/50 drawing and raffles to raise additional funds. Shenk said these kinds of fundraisers are vital for the nonprofit, because they are the main source of income for the group.

"Unlike a lot of places, we don't really do rescues," Shenk said. "So there's not a lot of rehoming fees coming in. We fund our spay and neuter through fundraisers like this."

The Animal Advocates of Carroll County are dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership, according to its website. In addition to advocacy and education efforts, the group has an extensive spay and neuter program, largely focused on reducing the feral cat population. The organization works to spay and neuter free-roaming and loosely owned cats in order to lower the birthrate.

"For a lot of these cats, there's nobody there who can pay for their surgeries," Shenk said. "If there's a large group and a little old lady feeding them, we'll go in to make sure they've been spayed or neutered. There's a lot of money going out, but not a lot coming in."

In addition to the fundraising activities, the event will also feature Merida from Pixar's "Brave" who will be available for photos with children as well as face painting for families. Despite the number of activities, Shenk said she's most excited to be able to relive her childhood at the Liberty Roller Skate Center.

"I'm going to be working at a table for most of the night, so I probably won't get to skate," Shenk said. "I might be brave and sneak away for a minute. I guess it's just like riding a bike. You never forget."

If you go:

What: Animal Advocates of Carroll County fundraiser

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4

Where: Liberty Roller Skate Center, 6000 Emerald Lane, Sykesville

Cost: $8 admission, $3 skate rentals

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