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Ballast Point hosts ‘Barks and Brews’

Many visitors brought their greyhound pets to the Greyhound Adoption Center’s Barks and Brews fundraiser June 17 at Ballast Point in Scripps Ranch. (photos by John Gregory)

Ballast Point hosts ‘Barks and Brews’

A steady crowd attended Greyhound Adoption Center’s Barks and Brews, a fundraiser on Saturday, June 17 at Ballast Point, 10051 Old Grove Road in Scripps Ranch.

Greyhound Adoption Center President Darren Rigg was pleased with the turnout on this toasty afternoon, adding that he was grateful for Ballast Point’s generosity and cooperation.

These greyhound-shaped cookies were among the sweet treats offered at the bake sale.

“Scripps Ranch has one of the best breweries in the world: Ballast Point,” he said. “We’re really happy they allowed us to use their place.”
Rigg said Ballast Point offered his organization a discount on a variety of kegs as well as a cut of the profits from beer sales for the event. A couple of food trucks were on hand to serve the attendees, and Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts from Troop 8855 brought the tasty dishes to customers. The Scouts also helped with a bake sale, adding to the fundraising. Raffle tickets were also sold and the winners were given pet-related items as prizes.

Where else can you find dogs and beer? My two favorite things,” Rigg exclaimed.

This was the third of four similar social-type fundraisers planned by Greyhound Adoption Center. Rigg explained that since most restaurants don’t allow pets, but most brewpubs are pet-friendly, this was a natural partnership.

Rigg hoped his group would raise between $6,000 and $7,000 by the end of the day, and estimated that approximately 300 people would attend the fundraiser.

Greyhound Adoption Center President Darren Rigg brought a furry friend to the fundraiser.

Many are Scripps Ranch residents,” he said. “Other people are coming from outside the area, too. In fact, some people have driven from Arizona. Some other people have come down from Dana Point and two other people came from Sacramento.”

Many pet owners brought their dogs and several of the canines were greyhounds. Rigg estimated that Scripps Ranch has about “a couple dozen” greyhound owners within its boundaries.

Rigg explained that Greyhound Adoption Center has a 3 1/2-acre licensed kennel facility in El Cajon. Its mission is to find good homes for rescued track greyhounds and greyhound mixes. Besides donations, the organization is looking for volunteers to help care for the greyhounds at the facility. Visit houndsavers.org.

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts from Troop 8855 distributed tasty dishes from food trucks to customers.

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