He's going to sing to them. And sing for them.
Sam Esposito, 61, is planning a jam session 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday night (Feb. 18) at the Thousand Palms-based shelter, located at 72-050 Petland Place (the shelter is located on the corner of Petland Place and Rio Del Sol Road, just north of Varner Road).
It is believed to be the first time the 5-year-old Coachella Valley Animal Campus has played host to a concert-like event. La Trattoria Bella Luna of Cathedral City is donating hors d'oeuvres.
Esposito, who uses a stage name "Richard Christopher" when he performs, is an amateur singer-songwriter who plays the guitar. He has written his own music and plans to cover a few rock tunes.
He hopes visitors feel inclined to drop a buck or two into a donation jar. The donations go toward KASE - Keeping Animals Safe Everyday, a charitable organization founded by Esposito and his wife, Karen. KASE has already funded costly surgeries for Coachella Valley Animal Campus pets that came to the shelter injured, but have since been repaired and adopted.
One more of those "KASE Kids" - as Karen and Sam Esposito nickname the hurt-then-helped homeless pets - appears to be heading to a lifelong, loving home. An adoption is scheduled to happen sometime during the concert of a dog named Little T, a four-pound, three-legged, 2-year-old male Yorki mix.
KASE funds paid for Little T's surgery. The dog suffered a compound fracture on his left, rear leg that apparently was not handled properly. The dog entered the Thousand Palms shelter as a stray.
Forming KASE made official what the Espositos had already been doing. In some way or another, the Espositos have been rescuing animals for 30-some years. Since starting KASE in September, the organization has spent approximately $10,000 in surgeries while saving seven dogs and one cat that might have otherwise been euthanized.
KASE works closely with VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital, which has helped offset some of the expensive costs associated with such surgeries.
One of the earlier KASE success stories can be found by clicking on the following link: