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Port Jefferson animal rescue's Fur Ball raises $15G

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center founder and

Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center founder and president Dori Scofield, center, with daughters, Christina, left, 19, and Cassandra, 21, at the organization's annual Fur Ball at Flowerfield in St. James. (Feb. 14, 2013) Credit: Karen Forman

Heather Brin and her 10-year-old son, Neil Shady, foster kittens for Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Port Jefferson.

Thursday night they were among the 200 people enjoying Save-A-Pet’s 12th Annual Fur Ball, held at Flowerfield in St. James.

“I got this suit for the fundraiser,” Neil said. “I love Save-A-Pet and I love to foster kittens. It’s really fun.”

Port Jefferson’s Brin, 44, and her son were happy to support the cause after all Save-A-Pet had brought into their lives.

“We adopted one of our cats from Save-A-Pet,” said Brin of a foster cat they decided to keep. “He was found in a storm drain, underweight and temporarily blind. We fostered him, fed him and just fell in love with him.”

The Valentine's Day event, which raised approximately $15,000, had originally been scheduled for November, but was postponed because of superstorm Sandy.

“It’s important that we unite people together to help orphaned animals,” said Save-A-Pet’s founder and president, Dori Scofield.

As part of the fundraiser, Save-A-Pet’s biggest of the year, more than 100 donated baskets that filled the cocktail room were raffled off.

“So many different people donated baskets,” said Lynn Schoepher, director of Save-A-Pet. “We have one staff member who has been putting these baskets together since October. It’s a great cause. Everyone wants to help. What’s not to love?”

Couple Joyce Bock, 60, and Tom Nasca, 68, of Stony Brook, have been coming to Save-A-Pet’s fundraisers for years and have adopted their two rescued poodles from the organization.

“Dori is wonderful,” Bock said. “I’ve never seen anyone so energetic. She is really top notch and caring. She doesn’t let just anyone adopt a dog or cat. She makes sure the animal is going to a caring home.”

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