Wendy Weiss loves music so much that she has named her pets after rock stars.There’s Cooper, her Yorkshire terrier, that’s named after musician Alice Cooper. Then there is her bird, Elvis, whose name honors “The King” of rock ‘n’ roll himself. And then there are the three feral cats she adopted that she lovingly calls Earth, Wind, and, of course, Fire.
So, when the time came for Ms. Weiss to help plan a fundraiser for Unwanted NYC Pets, a nonprofit founded in 2011 that rescues homeless pets in New York City, Queens and Nassau and Suffolk counties, and tries to find them permanent homes, she decided to team up with her boyfriend, Clifford Affigne, the co-owner of the Eastport Music Scene on Montauk Highway.
The fundraiser will be held this Saturday, November 16, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the music store. Locals are asked to make a donation to Unwanted NYC Pets and, in exchange, they can have the strings replaced on their guitars and bass guitars for free, courtesy of the music store and the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
Additionally, for $10 a ticket, customers can enter a raffle to win a Fender Stratocaster modern electric guitar valued at $650; the winner will be announced at 4 p.m. Saturday at the store. There will be various giveaways throughout the day thanks to donations from local businesses.
After contacting representatives of Fender, Mr. Affigne, who also loves both animals and music, said he quickly secured their support to assist Unwanted NYC Pets, which has foster homes between Manhattan and Suffolk County. He also explained that they do not have a specific amount that they hope to raise for the organization. All proceeds, however, will help buy food and pay for the medical care of the injured pets.
“Wow, I have not even thought about [that],” said Mr. Affigne, referring to how much money he hopes Saturday’s event will raise. “We are really just hoping to get as much support as possible.”
Ms. Weiss, who lives in Brooklyn, is an English teacher and sits on the board of the nonprofit, and Mr. Affigne met a few months ago and the two immediately hit it off, mostly due to their mutual love of both animals and music. Mr. Affigne and his brother-in-law, Thomas Peterson, co-own the music shop, and Mr. Affigne noted that they have a store dog, named Melody, which is a cockapoo—a mix between a cocker spaniel and a poodle.
Ms. Weiss explained that Unwanted NYC Pets is run by seven women, known as fosters, who care for the rescued pets in their homes until suitable families can be found. Since April 2011, the group has rescued more than 140 dogs and cats, according to Ms. Weiss.
“We are a small, but mighty team,” she added. “We look for the best suitor for each pet and someone who truly loves the pet.”
Several local businesses, including Island Bead & Jewelry and Luigi’s Main Street Pizza, both in Eastport, have donated gift certificates for the fundraiser, which is the first of its kind to be hosted by the music store. “This will be the first time Eastport Music Scene hosts a charitable event, but we would be more than happy to do more in the future,” Mr. Peterson added.
Eastport Music Scene is located at 374 Montauk Highway in Eastport and can be reached at (631) 325-6972. Those who want to learn more about Unwanted NYC Pets and the pets that are available for adoption can send an email to email@example.com.