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Our Events

Annually, we host three major events and several smaller fundraisers, along with participation in local community activities to generate awareness. With each, our goal is simple: to bring quality events to the community, offering vendors exposure opportunities for their businesses while ensuring attendees have a positive experience. As a result, our vendors typically return year after year! To visit our 2023 calendar with links to event pages, please click here.


Our Major Annual Events

Poker Run (April) - This event offers motorcycle (and now car!) enthusiasts a fun way to support our charity while they ride. There are multiple stops at area F&B locations and three prizes for the winning poker hands.

Food Truck Rodeo (May) - This is a great community event with food trucks (obviously!), vendors, adoptables and other on-site activities for the entire family. If you'd like to be a vendor, please complete the inquiry form here or Email Events@friendsofberkeleyanimalcenter.com or click here for alternative address.




Rescue Me (September) - Rescue Me brings together community members, vendors, food trucks, volunteers and representatives from several different local shelters and rescue groups to promote the critical message we all share: Adopt. Foster. Donate. Volunteer! Always held at Cypress Gardens, this event typically sees thousands of visitors, with attendance growing annually! Click here to view photos of the 2022 Rescue Me event (photos provided by courtesy of Erik Beard).


Other Events and Fundraisers

In addition to our major events, we regularly host yard sales throughout the year, offering our shoppers an ecclectic mix of donated wares and antiques, while raising money to support the shelter. It's truly a win-win as shoppers leave with great finds and we are able to save the lives of at-risk shelter animals and support other shelter needs as well. We also have our online store that is open 24/7/365!

We offer an opportunity to memorialize your support through our brick fundraiser. These bricks can be personalized to honor a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion - or just to support our group and the shelter animals we serve! Personalized bricks are incorporated into the the walkways around the shelter for all visitors to enjoy. Orders will be sent in to the company for engraving once a total of 20 bricks are ordered and laid by Berkeley County staff as their scheduling permits.

Our companion group, Heroes 4 Hearts, supports fundraising specifically for at-risk, heartworm positive dogs at the shelter, holding regular bake sales and other FUNdraisers including a Bonfire store, creating paintings with the shelter dogs, and more!

We also participate in other local community events such as National Night Out, Trunk or Treat and local holiday parades. We want the community to see us and become a part of our important mission!

National Night Out volunteers enjoying a great evening engaging with the community!

If you'd like to learn more about our events, how to become a sponsor or vendor, please contact Events@friendsofberkeleyanimalcenter.com or click here for alternate address. You may also click here to complete the inquiry form.

Interested in volunteering? Please contact President@friendsofberkeleyanimalcenter.com or join our Volunteer Group on Facebook.


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