AMHERST - Don't forget your furry friends this weekend when the L.A. Animal Shelter hosts its 22nd annual telethon.
The Telethon of Love runs from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at the Amherst Lions Club on Electric Street and will be broadcast live on Eastlink Television.
"It's our biggest fundraiser of the year that provides for most of our operating costs," shelter president Kirsteen Thompson said.
Last year's telethon raised just over $15,000 and Thompson is hoping that amount will be met, or exceeded, this time. Money collected is used to cover staff costs, as well as veterinary bills and heating costs.
"Our operating budget increases every year and it's essential that we meet our goal because otherwise we find ourselves in the New Year being a little short," Thompson said.
Donations can be made in person at the Lions Club or by phoning 660-3096.
The telethon will operate with a different format this year with some new features and entertainment. Thompson said there are a few bands from Halifax donating their time along with some local bands while Dr. Boyd Taylor will be on hand to offer veterinarian advice.
There will also be features with people who recently adopted dogs and cats while dog trainer Isabelle Hoeg and dog behaviourist Sylvia Jay will also be on hand.
Performers include R.A. Lautenschlager, Betty Babineau, The Stogies and highland dancers.
The telethon also features a silent auction of items donated by a number of area companies.
It's estimated that it costs about $100,000 annually to run the shelter that services the entire county. Only a small fraction of the shelter's funding comes from its municipal partners.