Auction at Cherry Bend Animal Hospital to benefit K9 Officer Leelanau, Klouse

By Ross Boissoneau | May 30, 2022

An open house and silent auction to benefit the Leelanau Sheriff’s Office Canine Officer will be held on June 4 at VCA Cherry Bend Veterinary Hospital. The Vet Office (10387 E. Cherry Bend Road) will welcome customers and other guests to show off its renovated and remodeled facility, as well as raise funds to purchase a body armor for K9 Officer Klouse. “He’s a pretty amazing dog. It’s a great way for us to use our platform to help him,” says Kara Sustic, Director of VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital.

More than 20 vendors donated prizes for attendees to bid on, including local winery gift baskets, jewelry, gift certificates and more. Sustic says it’s another way the hospital is giving back. “We want to do what we can to impact the community. We discovered K9 Agent Klouse. He’s really his hometown hero,” she says. K9 Officer Klouse is a dual-purpose narcotics and patrol dog who began service with the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department in March 2021. He works with K9 handler Corporal Ryan Lott.

It was not business as usual at the vet office during the pandemic. Clinic clients were not able to engage with staff as they would otherwise. Sustic says the facility has also been doing renovations over the past two years. So it’s also a way to welcome customers back and showcase both the improvements that VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital has made and to allow people to meet the staff they may not know other than by a voice on the telephone. “It’s really important for us to stay in touch with the community. We have new staff members, a doc who is a published author. It’s a way for people to meet the staff,” she says.

The open day will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Klouse and Lott will also be present from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds will go directly to the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.


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