Inaugural Fall in Love with BirchBark

Dr. Merrianne Burtch, founder of BirchBark Foundation and the entire Board of Directors would like to invite you to join us for an evening to celebrate BirchBark Foundation’s success in helping save beloved pets whose lives would have been lost if not for our supporters, Veterinary Partners and volunteers. 

Guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival, an opportunity to bid on silent auction items, and a chance to mingle with other passionate animal lovers.  An uplifting dinner program will feature a gourmet dinner with award winning wines, followed by an exciting live auction where guests will bid on unique items and experiences, all while saving animals!

Through personal stories and video, guests will hear of the remarkable stories of success and challenge BirchBark encounters on a daily basis. We would also like to use this annual event to honor local pet heroes in our community. This year we are proud to recognized Carie Broecker and Monica Rua as our Inaugural Fall in Love with BirchBark Heroes! Carie and Monica are the founders of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue and dedicated animal welfare advocates.

Finally, dedicated supporters of BirchBark will participate in a pure donation paddle raise where we raise funds to provide the critical medical care needed to save pets and help seniors, families, veterans and individuals whose only challenge is financial hardship.

Ferrante's at the top of the Monterey Marriott

Thursday September 12th, 6-9 PM

Cost: $125

Seating is limited to 150 and we do expect to sell out. Please get your tickets early.

Help us save more pets like Zoe, Bazzle, Vin and Lightning!


We could not do what we do without the help of our community.

Please take time to thank and patronize these sponsors of our Fall in Love with BirchBark gala.

Premium WineSponsor

Winemaker Kevin Bersofsky and his dog Gracie

Winemaker Kevin Bersofsky and his dog Gracie

Auction Sponsors

Special thanks to artist  WILL BULLAS  for creating our signature artwork.

Special thanks to artist WILL BULLAS for creating our signature artwork.

About birchbark foundation

When the unexpected cost of treatment to save a loving pet’s life is more than someone can afford, they often have little choice but to consider ‘economic euthanasia,’ or to surrender their family pet for adoption. BirchBark Foundation is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare nonprofit, that was created to address this heartbreak and help soften the financial burden.

BirchBark Foundation partners with veterinarians to help save pets’ lives during medical emergencies when their owners are unable to fully afford the necessary critical care.  Since being founded in 2013, we have saved the lives of over 300 cherished family pets. Our vision is a world where financial hardship does not cause the loss of any family pet.