Queens of Animal Rescue
Drag show to benefit cats and dogs in need
It can be a real drag for animals who don’t have a forever home, so Thomas Butler founded My Big Gay Animal Rescue to make their lives better.
To raise funds for veterinary care, food and other pet supplies such as cat litter, the rescue will host their 4th Dragons For Rescue fundraising event “Girls and Ghouls” on Saturday, October 28 from 7 to 11 pm at the American Legion Post #148 in Essex.
“Every six months we put on a fabulous drag show with the cream of the crop of female impersonators,” said Butler. This is the first time the show will be held in Essex. Since it is the last Saturday before Halloween, it will be Halloween-themed and there will be a costume contest with prizes.
The event will feature six different performers throughout the evening, including MC Robert Huyck as Linda Richman from Saturday Night Live’s “Coffee Talk” sketch and special guest John Lamb as Baby Jane Hudson. After the show, there will be dancing with DJ Kia Yates until 11 p.m.
While Butler, a graduate of Chesapeake High School, is not one of the performers, he says he is the “reigning queen of the rescue.” There will also be a cash bar, raffles, a 50/50, door prizes, and a silent auction with items such as a one week stay at a condo in Ocean City. Raffles include a basket of cheer, wine basket and a pet stroller.
Butler works with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) and other shelters to take in animals who need to be pulled out of the shelter for medical issues, old age, or simply because they are considered unadoptable.
“BARCS determines if a rescue can address medical and behavior issues and help the animal become adoptable. When a rescue takes in an animal, we saved that animal and freed up space in the shelter for another animal,” said Butler.
Butler explains that BARCS cannot refuse a surrendered animal, and they receive 12,000 animals each year. BARCS works with a network of rescues such as My Big Gay Animal Rescue to find the animals foster and permanent homes.
“I’ve always been an animal lover since I was a child,” said Butler, now 54. “I started out on my own rescuing stray cats and having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated.”
He then began volunteering with rescues as a transporter, driving various legs of a trip to get rescued animals up and down the east coast. Working as a transporter was a learning experience, and Butler figured out what worked and what didn’t. Two years ago he founded My Big Gay Animal Rescue, the only openly gay animal rescue organization on Facebook. The rescue is based in Baltimore City, but Butler takes in animals from all over.
Butler had a Mexican hairless dog named Isabella who passed away last year at age 15 after suffering from oral melanoma but not before he had tried every medication and procedure to try to rid her of the cancer. She was rescued from a high kill shelter in South Carolina.
“I have a soft spot for the ones who are never going to be adopted. Those who are 16, blind and have renal failure. These animals are hard to adopt, and we have a small group of fosters who can provide housing and love,” said Butler.
“Rescue volunteers see horrific neglect, abuse and euthanasia based on homelessness. I’m just trying to raise funds to support what we are doing, and these events are fun and help us forget about the serious stuff for a few hours. This is an opportunity to let loose and carry on,” he said. “We would love for everyone to come out and support us.”
My Big Gay Animal Rescue’s Dragons for Rescue fundraising event:
“Girls and Ghouls” Saturday, October 28 from 7 to 11 pm American Legion Post #148, 20 S. Marlyn Ave., Baltimore MD 21221
Tickets $15.00 in advance through PayPal at Catsincity@verizon.net
(Please list all guest names in “notes” section) $20.00 at the door Ample free parking For more information, go to https:// www.facebook.com/pg/mybiggayanimalrescue/events/?ref=page_internal.