The local event at West Valley Family Bowl Center, 2365 East St., was organized by a 10-year-old Tracy resident, Abbigail Hickman.
More than 300 people showed up to support Abbigail and the shelter from noon until 6 p.m. In addition to bowling, there were 13 vendors and 47 donated raffle prizes, ranging from zoo admission tickets to sports memorabilia and weekend getaways.
“I’m so excited,” Abbigail said. “It means a lot to me to see everyone here. That they care about our shelter. I really want to thank everyone that came here to help.”
Total donations easily surpassed the nearly $7,000 raised last year in pet supplies and cash.
“I’m here bowling today to raise money for the pets,” said Caitlynne McNamara, 9. “My friends are with me, and we are going to have fun!”
Abbigail’s sister Madee Hickman, 9, said, “I think my sister is awesome and what she is doing is awesome.”
Abbigail is a competitive bowler and a member of the West Valley Bowl Junior League and Youth Bowlers Tour. Donations for the event continued to come in this week through the event website, www.bowlingpinsforpets.com.
Herb Hunter, general manager of West Valley Family Bowl Center, called Pins for Pets fantastic.
“It’s an amazing effort by Abbigail to put this event together,” Hunter said.
On Monday, Abbigail helped deliver the $6,000 worth of pet supply donations to the animal shelter. The haul included several stacks of dry dog and cat food in large bags, pet toys, animal medications, kitten formula and a large flower cat condo.
“The supplies donated are aimed at providing comfort to all the animals at the shelter,” said Beth Palacios, Tracy animal services officer. “These supplies will probably last us through the year.”
The Tracy Animal Shelter is at 370 Arbor Ave. is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and can be reached at 831-6364.
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