WILLIAMSBURG — Heritage Human Society is set to host its Holiday Bazaar fundraising event on Nov. 20, 2021, at Bruton Parish Hall, 331 W. Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamburg, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year, local pet owners, and their dogs, will be allowed to shop for handcrafted goods, gourmet soups from local restaurants, handmade baked goods, gift baskets, and other holiday goods. All proceeds will benefit the homeless pets at Heritage Humane Society.
“Bruton Parish Hall kind of just gets taken over,” said Heritage Humane Society’s Marketing, Events & Humane education Manager Jennifer Lafountain. “There are tables filled with all sorts of holiday gifts for furry and humans. It’s a great event and normally it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year.”
Many of Heritage Humane Society’s events were canceled last year due to safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included on this list was the Holiday Bazaar fundraising event.
“A lot of our big fundraisers that really help us care for the animals for the year had to be canceled. So we really had to rethink our fundraising ideas. So we did do a lot of online stuff,” Lafountain said. “We are very lucky to have a very generous community. I will say that every bit helps. Even if somebody is unable to donate money to their local shelter, supplies always help as well.”
Masks are recommended for both visiting the shelter and for any of Heritage Humane Society’s events.
“We used to be open to the public. Wherefrom twelve to four-thirty we welcomed people in our facility and they could walk around and meet the animals. Since [COVID-19], we switched to appointment only. So that way we know how many bodies are going to be in the building at one time. That actually has helped a little bit because it’s more of a personal meet.” Lafountain said.
“When an animal becomes available for adoption, their picture and information will show up on our website and when an animal is adopted that profile will disappear,” said Lafountain. “It’s a great way to see who is available. Since we are an open-admissions shelter people will call often asking for a puppy or a certain breed of dog. I always encourage ”