Loveable tomcat Funyun was an entertaining fixture at the Animal Clinic of Eagle Harbor in Carrollton. Next Saturday, the animal hospital will hold a bake sale to raise money for the Funyun Fund, established in Funyun’s memory to help needy animals.
Loveable tomcat Funyun was an entertaining fixture at the Animal Clinic of Eagle Harbor in Carrollton. Next Saturday, the animal hospital will hold a bake sale to raise money for the Funyun Fund, established in Funyun’s memory to help needy animals.

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Funyun’s legacy lives

Published 9:29pm Monday, April 1, 2013

A Carrollton veterinary clinic will hold a bake sale April 13 to raise money for a fund that supports veterinary care for local animals in need.

All proceeds from the event at the Animal Clinic of Eagle Harbor, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will go to the Funyun Fund, named after a feline that was the clinic’s resident mischief-maker.

Funyun, an orange tomcat, was turned over to the animal hospital by his owners near the end of 2010.

When he was two months old, he was stepped on by a toddler, injuring his spine and legs. Before bringing him to Eagle Harbor, his owners left him in a garage for eight months instead of seeking timely veterinary care.

Staff rallied together and raised money to give Funyun his own set of wheels, and the cat quickly became the center of attention at the clinic.

“We used to dress him, and he loved to be dressed,” said an assistant at the clinic, Alicia Sallas. “He could get in his wheelchair and go out front and greet clients and hang out with kids.”

Sadly, Funyun died at two years of age, after a seizure, in November 2011. He was mourned keenly and is greatly missed. But through the Funyun Fund, Sallas said, his spirit is helping the clinic help other needy animals.

“We have some feral cats that we’ve been spaying and neutering,” she said. “The Funyun Fund is paying for that. Once they are spayed, neutered and vaccinated, they get released.”

The fund also has been helping to pay for the care of sick kittens that wind up at the clinic, paying for medications to make them well again, Sallas said.

“Right now, we actually have two adult cats … and it’s paying for their food and stuff like that.”

Next Saturday’s fundraiser will also include a raffle. Up for grabs is a spray-on truck bed liner, courtesy of Newport News truck accessories outlet Crutchman, with other prizes including a one-year supply for Frontline and Heartgard treatments for dogs.

Pet microchipping will be available for $25, and refreshments will also be served, Sallas said.

For more details on the bake sale fundraiser, call 238-2738.

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