Pups in the Park benefit for bulldog rescue draws a crowd

Pups in the Park benefit for bulldog rescue draws a crowd
RSF philanthropist Holli Lienau, of “Holli”day…Anyday!, and her English Bulldog Miss Lulu hosted “Pups in the Park” at her home to benefit So Cal Bulldog Rescue. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

“Holli”day…Anyday! held its debut fundraiser, Pups in the Park, on Sept. 29 at Holli Lienau’s private estate in Rancho Santa Fe. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the tail-wagging soiree support Southern California Bulldog Rescue of San Diego.

More than 50 four-legged guests were in attendance with their pet parents and nearly $3,500 raised.

“We thought it would be fun to raise money for So Cal Bulldog Rescue in San Diego while raising awareness,” said Lienau, calling the day fun and something different. “When the fundraiser was in full swing, I couldn’t believe how many people were to here to help homeless bulldogs in need of forever homes.” 

Foster dog ‘B’ with owners George Britton and Director of So Cal Bulldog Rescue Skip Van Der Marliere. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

An avid lover of bulldogs, Lienau rescued her dog, Miss Matty, three years ago when she was a puppy from Southern California Bulldog Rescue, which partners with poundWISHES. At the time of her rescue, Miss Matty was only 3 months old and medically treated for an advanced case of demodectic mange.

According to Lienau, the vision behind Pups in the Park was to let San Diegans know about how the nonprofit had a recent expansion into San Diego County.

The activity-filled day included silent auctions, Mexican fare prepared by Pochos Tacos, craft beer tastings championed by Helia Brewing, and two signature “Holli”day…Anyday! margaritas created by Lienau. 

“Our Fresh Lime and Spicy Pineapple Margaritas were made with award-winning Nobleza Tequila based in Vista who generously donated their spirits,” Lienau said.

Founded in 1997, Southern California Bulldog Rescue rescues roughly 400 to 450 bulldogs every year.

Skip Van Der Marliere, co-founder and director of Southern California Bulldog Rescue, said the new San Diego chapter will help more than the 15 bulldogs currently in foster homes in the county.

“We are primarily in the Orange and Los Angeles counties and also surround the Inland Empire area,” he said. “Now, we are stretching down to San Diego County to finish covering the entire Southern California region so that we can help out in getting bulldogs rescued and out of the shelters.” He also said that Pups in the Park was a great social event. “I don’t think people realize how big of an area So Cal Bulldog Rescue tries to cover — the area on a map ranges from the central valley of California near Fresno, down the coastline into San Diego and then east to the state borders.”

And most of these communities have families with pets. 

Van Der Marliere said that the organization has always been aware of a large bulldog ownership community in the San Diego area. It just recently partnered with these families to bring together supporters as part of a well-established bulldog rescue program. 

According to the American Kennel Club, bulldogs are the fifth most popular breed.

“Bulldogs are distinctive, and loyal owners of this breed make the demand for a breed specific rescue possible,” he said.

Van Der Marliere went on to say the goal of rescue is to bring together loyal breed owners and allow them to focus their energies constructively by helping bulldogs in need.

“We can’t thank ‘Holli’day…Anyday! enough for this great event today,” he said. “It’s such an amazing venue for everyone while helping to make So Cal Bulldog Rescue really thrive in San Diego.”

To learn more about SCBR, visit SoCalBulldogRescue.org.

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