Pay to pucker up with Doofus, Jake for good cause

July 2, 2014

DOOFUS THE SMOOCHER: Sandi Walker poses with local celebrity Doofus. Doofus is deaf and mostly blind. He will be downtown Friday and Saturday in a kissing booth at Granbury Square Plaza.

For just $1 this weekend, you can get kisses sweeter than wine – well, almost.

Two dogs with personality plus from Second Chance Farms (SCF) – Doofus and Jake – will be “manning” a kissing booth from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Granbury Square Plaza (the old Methodist Church building) during Granbury’s Fourth of July festivities.

It’s $1 per kiss.

Optional petting is free – unless you’d like to donate for that.

Doofus, a catahoula/boxer mix that is deaf and mostly blind will be joined at the kissing booth by fellow SCF resident Jake, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd that is deaf and half blind. T-shirts with the “Doofus for president” slogan will be available for purchase.

SCF, located south of Granbury, is a refuge and rehab facility founded by Sandi Walker for abused, handicapped, aging and other special-needs animals.

Walker said she currently has no additional room, with about 100 rescued animals in her care. Many of them are available for adoption.

“We’re picky about who they go to. We’re also a sanctuary,” Walker said. “The older animals have a retirement home at SCF. They’re there forever – ones that have severe health problems that need treatment the rest of their life. We are the only large animal nonprofit rescue in Hood County.”

Walker now has four people who volunteer on a regular basis to help on the farm. But donations have been down lately, while medical care and feeding expenses are up.

“We have taken in several emaciated horses lately and even a blind one, and feed only Total Equine to them to make them healthy again,” Walker said. “We are feeding almost five bags a day right now, and if there are no underlying issues, these horses will be at a normal weight within a month or two. The horses are assessed for riding ability and put up for adoption at that time. We are in desperate need of hay, and we can pick it up. We can use any kind of farm supplies. Anything farm-related,”

Walker noted that SCF is a 501(c)(3) that relies solely on donations.

“One hundred percent of all donations go to the animals at SCF,” Walker said. “Several people send monthly donations to help care for their animal when they no longer can. Donations to help support the animals at Second Chance Farm can be mailed to: Second Chance Farm, P.O. Box 1085, Granbury, Texas, 76048.

You can also donate through the website (www.secondchancefarmgranbury.org), or call 817-243-8172.

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