Fundraiser to benefit local charity, support pet education programs

May 20, 2015 | Events, UToday, Medicine and Life Sciences
By Lindsay Mahaney

A local organization working to provide proper care and training for pets, including the so-called bully breeds, will host a fundraiser to garner support for its mission.

petbullproject imageToledo’s PET Bull Project will a host a fundraiser at Twylite Thursdays — an event put on for local charities — Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Pinnacle in Maumee.

The event, which costs $10 to get in, will include music from the Blind Dog Boogie Band, a cash bar, and a silent auction featuring Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Browns memorabilia, photography packages, and painted portrait of your pet. Half the proceeds will go toward Toledo’s PET Bull Project to help fund programs.

“Fundraiser’s like Twylite Thursdays are the only way we keep our doors open at the PET Bull Education Center,” said Cynthia Reinsel, founder and president of the organization. “This education center opened in January 2012 and is where we hold classes for young people to talk about pet safety, responsible pet ownership and animal cruelty. We are all volunteers, and the only way we continue to support our mission is through private donations and fundraising.”

The local nonprofit organization uses the model PET: Prevent animal cruelty and dog fighting, Educate on the importance to spay and neuter, and Train pets and people to be breed advocates. It offers a variety of classes and programs, ranging from dog training, safety education, and the Pawsitive Reading Program — an initiative used to teach kids confidence in reading through therapeutic interactions with dogs. Volunteers and trainers also work to have dogs adopted and with area veterinarians to prevent overpopulation of pets in shelters.

“I have poured my heart and soul into this project for four years now and believe in what we are doing 100 percent,” Reinsel, secretary 2 in the UT Department of Pediatrics, said. “I know we have made a difference in our community from the outcome measurements we have collected. I believe that if we are to change the amount of animal cruelty cases and irresponsible pet ownership problems in this country we have to start with our young people.”

For people who are unable to attend but would still like to donate to the project, contact Reinsel at

For more information on the project, visit

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