Time is running out for a local pet rescue operation.
The lease is up in November and won't be renewed on Animal Crackers pet supply shop in theAlbertson'sshopping center. Animal Crackers helps fund the rescues and care for animals abandoned or due to be slaughtered and provides seniors with free pet food.
Another location must be found and supporters are desperate to find that location in Laguna.
Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger issued a personal plea on behalf of Animal Crackers owner Gina Katzenbedian at the June 19 council meeting, asking anyone who might be able to help find a new location in town to come forward with ideas.
About $22,000 was raised Wednesday at Mozambique Steak House from donations and bids by an estimated 275 "Friends of Gina" on auction items contributed by local merchants and supporters.
"It was amazing," Kaztenbedian said. "Could you believe the turnout? The funds will be set aside for finding and moving to a new location."