Village of AG Fox Memorial Fund
On November 14th our community learned that a friendly CA Gray Fox that played among the roosters and with people's dogs in the park had been trapped and euthanized due to a resident complaint. For months prior, people were sharing photos and videos of this curious friendly little fox playing with their dogs, crossing the Swinging Bridge, sitting on the fence, enjoying the Village and its surroundings. People joked that it pushed aside the Roosters in cuteness and it became the unofficial mascot in the Village of Arroyo Grande.
The little fox affectionately named (Nacho, Foxy, Miles and Rex, just to name a few) by Village merchants, employees and residents, made its home in the creek after it had been orphaned and rescued by a local family and set free.
Upon the news of its trapping and euthanization, the community went into mourning, makeshift memorials were made, purple and gray ribbons adorned the areas it loved to play, small fox rocks were painted and hidden in the park for children to find, flowers and photos were left.
Education is critical. We need to educate the community how to live around wildlife. Not to feed it, not to touch it, who to call if an animal is hurt, etc. No one wants to see any people or animals get hurt.
In memory of this little fox and so its precious life wasn't taken in vain, this fund has been set up to help pay for a permanent memorial to be placed in Centennial Park and for Educational Signs about our wildlife to be placed along the creek. We don't want a senseless tragedy to ever happen again. Public workshops, educational materials for schoolchildren and many other efforts are underway.
At this point we don't know what the actual cost will be, it will likely be more than this, but we need to start somewhere. The funds donated are being placed in a local Village non profit - AGinBloom - to hold until we can purchase the signs and memorial. The funds will be used solely for the fox memorial and educational sign/s.
Our goal is to have something in place by mid summer 2018. There will be lots of work ahead for ideas and designs. It takes a Village and Love!