Ramona’s director kisses a goat to kick off the Ramona Valley Humane Society’s fundraiser


When Kathryn Gunderson, director of the Ramona Community Campus, heard about the Ramona Valley Humane Society’s goal to purchase property and build a regional headquarters, she wanted to help.

Thus, School Spirit Day, April 6, became “Animal Dress-Up Day,” combined with fundraising for a humane society.

Three jars were dropped off at the school labeled with the names of Campus Security Officer Allie McVay, Librarian CJ Cranford and Principal Gunderson. The idea was to have students drop coins in the jar for the person they would most like to see kissing a goat.

Gunderson had the winning pot with $188.33 raised. So on Spirit Day, students – some of whom wore animal costumes – gathered to see her kiss Kenny the baby Boer goat. She also presented a check for $365 to Charlotte Jensen, executive director of the Ramona Valley Humane Society & SPCA.

“All students had the opportunity to vote with their coins to see who would kiss Kenny the goat,” said Gunderson, whose campus includes the Ramona Community Montessori School serving transitional kindergarten students. through sixth grade, and Mountain Valley Academy’s hybrid independent study program for transitioning K-12 students.

Students watching their principal kiss a farm animal was just one example of upcoming fundraising efforts by the Ramona Valley Humane Society and the SPCA. Others are an upcoming Golfing for a Cause golf tournament, a Strut Your Mutt fashion show and ongoing sales at the Humane Society General Store.

The organization wants to purchase property for a building in Ramona where animals could be adopted and lost animals could be retrieved, Jensen said.

“We’re eight years old, but because of COVID, we’re two years behind fundraising,” she said, noting that fundraising has so far generated almost $10,000. “We have to find the needle in the haystack to find the right property for the right amount of money.”

With local property values ​​skyrocketing, Jensen said she doesn’t know how much money the nonprofit needs to buy property. But she said she hoped someone could step in and buy some acreage that human society could use until it was financially strong enough to support itself.

Ramona Valley Humane Society executive director Charlotte Jensen, left, accepts a check for $365 from Ramona Community Campus Director Kathryn Gunderson.

(Julie Gallant)

Gunderson and the Ramona Community Campus hosted a two-part fundraiser for the Humane Society. The second part involved students and others paying $1 to have their picture taken with a puppy, chick or kid. More than $200 was raised through photography, Gunderson said.

Ramona Community Campus students Josiah Marshall, left, and Benjamin Zaragoza pose for photos with baby animals.

Ramona Community Campus third-grade student Josiah Marshall, left, and second-grade student Benjamin Zaragoza pose for photos with baby animals.

(Julie Gallant)

Animals photographed were provided by Morgan Nelson, Ramona High student, Ramona FFA member and Ramona Stars 4-H; and Pacific Coast Academy students Abigail Ash and Hope Ash, who are both members of Ramona Stars 4-H.

Stacey Gill, co-community leader of Ramona Stars 4-H, came up with the idea. His daughter, Hannah Gill, owns the Weimaraner puppy that was brought in for the photo shoot. Hannah, 23, has a degree in animal science from Cal Poly Pomona and now works for an animal biotechnology company in Ramona.

Other contributors who gave of their time were photographer Guy Buchanan and his assistant Kim Newcomer.

The fundraising volunteers are, from left, Morgan Nelson, Stacey Gill, Hope Ash and Abigail Ash, with Lily Ash in front.

The fundraising volunteers are, from left, Morgan Nelson, Stacey Gill, Hope Ash and Abigail Ash, with Lily Ash in front.

(Julie Gallant)

Jensen said she was thrilled with the donations.

“I can’t believe it,” Jensen said after receiving the check. “That’s what America is – teaching children respect for their families and the animals that live here too. It teaches them the great responsibility of owning their pets. The most honorable attribute of man is the love of animals.

The Humane Society’s next fundraiser will be the second annual Golfing for a Cause event on Friday, May 6 at Mt. Woodson Golf Club. The format will be a four-person Team Scramble. Check-in will begin at 7:00 a.m. and shotgun departure will be at 8:00 a.m.

Money will be raised through $125 golf fees, $100 hole sponsors and $50 memorial sponsors in memory of deceased animals, and opportunity draws for gift baskets.

“The two wineries that pour wines are Hatfield Creek Winery and Woof ‘n Rose Winery, so even if you’re not a golfer, we’d love for you to get out there, support the cause and sit down and have lunch at Stony Mountain Bar and Grill,” said Jensen, who hopes to attract at least 100 golfers and individual donations.

The Ramona Valley Humane Society & SPCA plans to follow the golf tournament with a Strut Your Mutt fashion show and lunch at Correcaminos Vineyard on Lilac Road in Ramona in June.

Other funds are generated at the Ramona Valley Humane Society General Store which opened about seven months ago at 801B Eighth St. across from the Ramona Food & Clothes Closet. The store sells donated merchandise such as artwork, furniture, trinkets, and antiques as well as t-shirts, caps, and bumper stickers.

The Ramona Valley Humane Society General Store at 801B Eighth St. accepts donations from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The Ramona Valley Humane Society General Store at 801B Eighth St. accepts donations from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

(Courtesy of Ramona Valley Humane Society and SPCA)

“All the money we make at the store goes towards the goal, which is to build our headquarters here,” Jensen said.

The Ramona Humane Society would serve San Pasqual, Julian, Warner Springs and Borrego Springs and help area residents avoid a trip to animal shelters in Bonita or Oceanside when picking up lost pets, it said. she declared.

For more information about the golf tournament or the humane society, call Jensen at 760-445-8571 or email him at [email protected] Information is also available online at the ramonavalleyhumane.org website and the @rvhsspca Facebook page.

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