Barkin Ball Goes Virtual With Celebrities And More Dec. 1


SFAS News:

“Barkin Ball, a Virtual Fundraiser for New Mexico’s Homeless Animals” goes virtual, with appearances by Shirley MacLaine, Ali MacGraw, Elle King, Stephaine Hatfield, Mayor Alan Webber and more.

These animal lovers are all coming together Dec 1, to raise the critical funds to help New Mexico’s injured, neglected and homeless animals at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and beyond.

Streaming all day at and on the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Facebook page, with all donations being match up to $55,000.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is hosting its annual Barkin Ball 2020 fundraiser online this year due to the pandemic. The online event is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, and the public can access the free event on the shelter’s website and social media platforms throughout the day.

The one-of-a-kind virtual experience will feature mission-focused stories, celebrity supporters, and adoption successes, all with a focus on raising the critical funds the shelter desperately needs to help the injured and homeless animals in Northern New Mexico and beyond.

The event will air on “Giving Tuesday”, a global day of giving that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities by donating to causes they care about.

Unique to this year, donations will be matched up to $55,000, thanks to two anonymous donors.

“This year, it’s more important than ever for us to stand together and fight animal homelessness in New Mexico,” shelter spokesperson Murad Kirdar said. “Barkin Ball is our largest fundraiser of the year and provides the necessary life-saving funds we need to treat thousands of injured and homeless animals in our community and around New Mexico.”

With the pandemic and the closure of many of the shelter’s revenue-generating sources, the shelter is in a critical phase of fundraising. 

“As northern New Mexico’s largest open-admission, no-kill shelter, we need everyone’s help to ensure that the injured, neglected and homeless animals in Santa Fe, and all-around New Mexico, receive the care, love and support they so deserve,” Kirdar said.

To learn more about the online Barkin Ball or to watch the free event, visit the shelter’s webpage at