The organizers of a pub crawl in downtown Bakersfield Saturday are counting on party animals to help animals of the four-legged variety.
The Spay & Neuter Foundation, a nonprofit formed in the last few months, is attempting to raise funds to offer low-cost spay/neuter clinics by organizing a tour of five local watering holes. The fun starts at 2 p.m. at the Padre Hotel, which has reserved the outdoor patio on the second floor for the private party.
"It's a surprising mixture of people who love animals and want to help animals and also a younger crowd that enjoys to go out and have a drink or two," said Julie Nunes, a local accountant and president of the nonprofit. "We wanted to reach the younger community about spaying and neutering, so we thought this would be a good way to do it."
For $25, participants get a lime green T-shirt and free entry to each of the bars, plus a comedy show at Sandrini's, stop No. 2 on the crawl. The party heads south down Eye Street from there, to Syndicate Lounge and Riley's Tavern before ending at Guthrie's Alley Cat. Each stop will last about 45 minutes, Nunes said.
So far, about 75 people have expressed interest in attending, though Nunes is hoping for a crowd of 200 for the first of what she hopes will be a series of occasional fundraisers.
"We'd like to do a day in the park -- a carnival-type thing -- and a 5(k) and a formal ball," Nunes said. "The pub crawl was our first one and unfortunately since it was geared to a younger crowd, it was kind of hard to promote. We were at Petco on Sunday and a lot of the people coming in had just gotten out of church, and they were wondering how a pub crawl helps the animals, so it takes a lot of explaining."
Designated Driver of Bakersfield is offering a $10 discount off its usual $45 fee to get pub crawl participants and their vehicles home safely.
Social event trying to raise funds for spay/neutering