This Friday, lovers of homemade cookies can buy dozens of them while also supporting the local animal shelter.
The SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina will host its fifth annual Bow Wow Meow Cookie Sale at the Virginia Dare Arcade in downtown Elizabeth City from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will coincide with the First Friday ArtWalk, which begins at 5 p.m.
Homemade cookies will be for sale for $5 a dozen. All proceeds will help the SPCA staff provide essential services for hundreds of dogs and cats. In addition to tasty cookies, customers will also be able to buy biscuits for dogs at the event.
Bettie Lyons, a member of the SPCA board of directors and coordinator of Friday’s fundraiser, said she’s been pleased to see the event’s number of volunteer bakers grow since she first presented the idea of holding a cookie sale some years ago.
“This event is so much fun for people who want to support the SPCA shelter here,” Lyons said. “These cookies are some of our volunteers’ favorite cookies and many are their go-to recipes when they want to make something special for their family and friends.”
According to Lyons, cookie sale patrons can buy either a dozen of one kind of cookie or a dozen of 12 different cookies. Each dozen of cookies will be placed in a to-go box, she said.
“These cookies make great gifts for people on your holiday list or cookies you’d like to have in your kitchen or share at your office,” Lyons said. “Buy as many boxes as you like.”
Kim Parrish, president of the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina board of directors, said the Bow Wow Meow Cookie Sale has been a successful fundraiser for the organization. Parrish credits the use of traditional cookie recipes, pizzelles and volunteer bakers’ unique cookie creations for the event’s success.
“I think we had over 60 people who contributed cookies last year, and now we have over 90 contributors,” Parrish said. “We look forward to welcoming people while they are enjoying First Friday. There will be cookies galore in the arcade.”
The SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina shelters hundreds of dogs and cats over the course of a year. Some of the animals have been abandoned, lost or left for adoption when their owners could no longer care for them.
Shelter staff evaluate the animals, help them receive medical care and prepare them for adoption. Foster care programs allow prospective owners to gather information in advance about pet breeds and take the animals home for limited visits.
The shelter’s Save Our Seniors program allows prospective owners age 55 and older to adopt a pet 5 years or older for a 50-percent discount. The purpose of the program is to help give the shelter’s older animals a chance to be adopted.
Purchasing cookies during the Bow Wow Meow Cookie Sale is one way to support the SPCA. Other ways include making donations to the engraved brick pathways program, and purchasing individual and business memberships.
The SPCA of Northeast North Carolina is located at 102 Enterprise Drive, Elizabeth City and its phone number is 338-5222. Its website is www.spcaofnenc.org.