They work for hugs and treats and they never bark about overtime, so there is definitely a strong bond between canines and the body shop world.
When it comes to helping dogs and cats in their community, the people at Regal Collision Repair in Vallejo, CA do not paws for a second. Every year, the shop's owners, Jim and Shellie Boyle, support the Humane Society of the North Bay (HSNB) in Vallejo through their participation in its annual Barkitecture Gala and Auction and other activities.
This year, the theme for the Barkitecture fundraiser was "Parrgh-ty Fur Ye Pets!" with a pirate motif throughout. Held on April 8th at the USA World Classics Event Center in downtown Vallejo, more than 200 people attended a great evening with the grog a-flowing and the good times pirating along. Many people came in full costume while other landlubbers opted for standard garb. The Barkitecture’s evening included festive music, food from local restaurants, a premium raffle, a silent auction and a live auction of items generously donated exclusively for the pirate's party.
Every year, the crew at Regal Collision, led by Production Manager Kirk Kapfenstein, designs and builds a vehicle or other pet-related piece of usable art for this fundraiser. A few years ago, they took a children’s toy car and turned it into a cat tower on wheels and named it “Cruisin’ Down the Yellow Brick Road” to go along with that year's Wizard of Oz theme.
For this year's Barkitecture, Regal Collision created a "Pirate's Ride", a custom-built, car-themed pet habitat that was the hit of the evening. Featuring a working five-gallon aquarium nestled in an all-steel candy-painted vehicle wired for electricity and crowned with a Jaguar hood ornament, "Pirate's Ride" provides a watery home for three fish passengers in the tank at all times.
Known for his nationally-acclaimed paint jobs on literally hundreds of motorcycles, Kapfenstein owns and operates Killer Candy in Concord, CA, when he isn’t running the production at Regal. Kapfenstein dedicated more than 50 hours of his time to help the pets’ cause as a passionate artist/painter and the owner of two dogs named Simba and Nala.
Jim Boyle, the owner of Regal Collision Repair, loves doing community work, and Barkitecture is just another way to give back to the City of Vallejo, he said. "We have been making things for these fundraisers for several years now because it's a great cause," he said. “The Barkitecture Gala and Auction is exciting for all of us at Regal because we like the competition with local businesses and community groups that create custom designed ‘creature’ comforts like dog dens, dog and cat furniture, bird roosts, bunny boudoirs, lizard lairs and other pet domiciles. We enjoy planning our next creation months before the event, and when we get the finished product, it's very satisfying."jo area. HSNB Board President Stephanie Gomes was pleased with the evening's turnout and the $5,000 that was raised with Regal Collision's incredible creation, as it also captured the top prize.
"We depend on local businesses and community leaders to help us to fulfill our mission that not only helps animals, but it also helps our community as well," Gomes said. "Last year, we saved more than 1,000 lives through adoptions, working with shelter and rescue colleagues around the Bay Area and returning lost animals to their families. We need companies like Regal Collision to support us so that we can continue this life-saving work."