Most people would be upset if the mayor of their town caused it to go to the dogs. But honest politician Millie Finch is telling people if she becomes honorary mayor of Fair Oaks, California, that she wants the town to go to the dogs, and cats and any other pets.
Millie is the owner of “Trends n Treats”, a pet supply store, spa and boutique. Her business is all about the dogs (and cats) in the Sacramento and Fair Oaks area. She runs the store along with her two daughters Brianna and Rachelle. They offer healthy foods and treats for dogs, cats and rabbits and offer boutique items such as toys, clothes and other pet-centric items. Trends n Treats also offers full service grooming and massage for pets and has an area for do-it-yourself dog washes.
The mayoral race in Fair Oaks is different than in most cities, in that the job has nothing to do with the running of the town. Instead, the honorary mayor presides at various Chamber of Commerce sponsored events throughout the year such as Springfest, Christmas in the Village and The Taste of Fair Oaks.
The race is sponsored by the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce. Millie has been an active member of the Chamber since 2007. In fact she joined before she actually opened up her store.
In most elections buying votes is against the law, but in Fair Oaks it is encouraged. In fact it is the only way to vote for the honorary mayor. The winning candidate is the one that raises the most money from the beginning of the race in May until the September 11, 2013. Half of the money raised will go to the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce and the other half will go to a charitable cause of the candidates choice.
Because her business is about both people and pets, Millie chose the Lend A Heart animal assisted therapy organization as her charitable cause. Founded in 1987, the organization has a large group of volunteers who take trained and certified dogs, cats and other animals to visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools and libraries.
The benefits of animals to human health have long been documented and accepted by the medical community, but people in these surroundings are usually not able to have a pet of their own. The volunteers take in their pets to offer a little unconditional love to the patients and residents.
Dogs can also help children who are learning to read. Some of the dogs are trained to “listen” while a child reads to it in a school or library setting. Knowing they will not be judged by the dog, children are more willing to practice their reading skills with a willing furry ear by their side. Even though all of the handlers are volunteers, the organization had to maintain insurance, even though they have never had a claim. The money raised by Millie will help Lend A Heart with their administrative costs and with their community outreach.
Millie and Lend A Heart will have a table every Thursday night at the Fair Oaks Concerts in the Fair Oaks Village Park and you can stop by and make a donation to her campaign. She also has three upcoming events to help raise funds for her race.
Her first event is an Adults Night Out Retro 70’s and 80’s themed Dinner and Dance to be held at the Orangevale Fair Oaks Grange Hall on Saturday the 29th of June. There will be lots of exciting raffle and auction items including a Panama Jack Retro Cruiser Bike, wine tastings and great gift baskets. The $25.00 ticket prices includes a catered meal of Tri Tip or Chicken. There will be an auction of homemade desserts.
For more information or to purchase tickets, stop by at Trends n Treats, 8929 Madison Ave., Suite 200, Fair Oaks, CA or contact her at Millie4Mayor@gmail.com. Donations can be made at: igg.me/at/MillieforMayor