The annual Animal Kneads Day was Sunday at the Great Harvest Bread Company, 6420 Rea Road in the Shops at Piper Glen. For a $10 donation, people could get a loaf of bread, including the event’s signature bread – the AK Cinnablast. All donations received benefit the Animal Care & Control public spay and neuter clinics.
The staff at Great Harvest donate their time every year for the event as part of the owners’ efforts to help animals. Jeff and Janet Ganoung own the Great Harvest Bread Company and have hosted the Animal Kneads Day event for six years now. Last year’s event raised around $13,200, which organizers were pleased to top this year.
“The event was a huge success,” said Melissa Knicely, with Animal Care & Control, in an email to South Charlotte Weekly. “One-hundred percent of the proceeds raised will support the Animal Care & Control Spay/Neuter clinics.”
The Ganoungs participate in many charities throughout Charlotte that benefit stray animals, such as the Humane Society of Charlotte’s Pet Palooza. According to Jeff Ganoung in an interview earlier this year, “the greatness of a society is determined by how they treat the least among them, animals included.” This belief is a key reason why the Ganoungs participate in or sponsor as many as 30 charities in Charlotte each year.
This year’s Animal Kneads Day was in addition to a special celebrity bake-off. The event, held July 21 at the Zoom Room in Ballantyne’s Toringdon Market, featured local celebrities who either baked their own dish or used brownie-making kits from the Great Harvest Bread Company. That event raised additional cash for the clinics and included local television personalities, chefs and members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Animal Care & Control holds spay and neuter clinics throughout the year for people in the county. The events are aimed at lowering the amount of dogs and cats born each year in the county, which in turn lowers the department’s euthanasia rate. The county is able to offer these clinics at a lower price than many area veterinarian offices to help people who otherwise couldn’t afford the service. Find more information and fill out an application to get your pet spayed or neutered at the group’s website, http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CMPD/organization/Support/AnimalControl/Outreachprograms/Pages/Spay%20Neuter%20Services.aspx.