Spencer Kellar
Staff Writer

Furry Furry Night to raise funds for animals

Each year, AnimalSave hosts an auction to help cover costs of the programs it offers. In the past, the fundraiser was held in November under the name “Santa Paws.”

This year the nonprofit animal shelter hopes to take advantage of the summer weather by hosting the event at its new facility this Saturday.

Under the new name “A Furry Furry Night” and with a new Parisian theme, the fundraiser boasts a night of food, auctions and entertainment.

Jed Dixon, a member of the Off Broadstreet Theater, will act as the master of ceremonies for the outdoor event as well as provide a voice for the live auctions.

Dinner, along with a no-host bar, will be catered by Christopher’s and is included with the $50 admission ticket. Items up for auction include wine and food baskets, hotel and dinner packages, tree trimming services, gift certificates, art and more, all of which were donated by local sources.

Carolyn Niehaus, executive director at AnimalSave, is grateful for the support in the community.

“It means everything for us. We couldn’t do what we do without support from community and volunteers who donate so much time to us,” Niehaus said. “(For example), in 2014 our volunteers logged 26,000 hours. So, the support from our community and the support from our volunteers enables us to do what we do.”

AnimalSave, which originally operated under the name Golden Empire Humane Society, has been serving the community for more than 30 years. One of the primary programs the shelter runs is a mobile spay and neutering clinic. The clinic, which operates out of a large van, uses its versatility to make trips out to surrounding communities when the need arises.

Since it began six years ago, AnimalSave has neutered over 11,000 dogs and cats, according to Niehaus. The clinic also advertises its spay services as being reasonable and low-cost, which gives the incentive to take pets in for surgery. But this means that the income earned isn’t nearly enough to pay for the services provided, Niehaus says.

“These fundraising events and the money donated to us help cover that gap and help make the spay program more affordable,” she said.

Money from the event will also go to other programs, such as their humane education workshops, which strive to enlighten pet owners on topics like neutering and behavioral issues, as well as their primary adoption program, which houses approximately 300 rescued dogs and cats each year.

Last year, AnimalSave netted over $18,000 from “Santa Paws.” “Furry Furry Nights” won’t be nearly as big, as AnimalSave has downsized the event in order to accommodate it at their building. But Niehaus still expects “A Furry Furry Night” to be a success.

“It’s a smaller auction as far as the auction items we’re offering,” she said of both the silent and live varieties.

“Tickets sales are going well, though, and we will probably have over a hundred people. We just want to invite folks to our new facility and have a fundraiser in our new backyard. We are just very excited about our new opportunity here at the AnimalSave center. This is our first fundraising event here and we’ll definitely have more.”

Spencer Kellar is an intern with The Union. He can be reached at NCPCIntern@theunion.com.


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