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By Siri Schuchardt
Special to The PREVIEW
The 19th annual Auction for the Animals will be held Friday, Aug. 23, at the Ross Aragon Community Center.
The Humane Society is currently seeking donations for this exciting event. Signed artwork and books, gift certificates, jewelry, sports and outdoor activity equipment, gift baskets, and other biddable items are needed to help make this event a great success again this year.
If you have items you would like to donate, deliver them to the administrative Office located above the Thrift Store on Pagosa Street and complete an auction donation form. Or, you can call 264-5549 to schedule a pick up for your donation. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, and you donation may be tax deductible. Donations of $250 or more cash or verifiable value will receive one or more free tickets to the event.
Auction volunteers would greatly appreciate your donated items as soon as possible so the items can be properly catalogued and included in our auction marketing materials. All donations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug.16, to be included in the auction.
The Auction for the Animals is always a fabulous evening , featuring delicious hors d’oeuvres, fine wine and micro-brewery beer, and a chance to walk away with items from the live and silent auctions and brown bag raffle. This community event is the Humane Society’s largest and most important fund-raising endeavor of the year, so mark your calendar now to attend.
Advance ticket sales began Aug. 5, and tickets can be purchased through noon, Aug. 23, at the Humane Society Thrift Store, the animal shelter, Higher Grounds Coffee, Pagosa Feed and Nursery, and the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Please plan to attend one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year and one that benefits a great cause — providing a safe haven for homeless dogs and cats until adoptive homes can be found, and temporary shelter for lost animals until they can be reunited with their owners.
The Humane Society does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA or from United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, the Thrift Store, and fund-raisers such as the Auction for the Animals.
For more information, or to make a tax deductible donation to the auction, call the Humane Society administration office at 264-5549.