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A cause for paws

Ron Rodecker

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WHAT: AnimalSave’s 12th annual Santa Paws fundraiser

WHEN:6-10 p.m. today

WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

TICKETS:$22.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. Advance tickets are available at AnimalSave Thrift and Treasures benefit store and BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley. They will also be available at the door. For more information, visit http://www.animalsave.org.

Fancy an evening filled with food, wine and one-of-a-kind auction items?

Add to that the chance to help a local animal welfare organization and it makes for a splendid way to spend a Saturday night.

For all that and plenty more, plan to attend AnimalSave’s 12th annual Santa Paws auction 6-10 p.m. today.



Artists and businesses are lending a hand to the cause by donating all manner of items to tempt you.

Local artist Ron Rodecker has donated a painting to the auction, titled “The Mall.” It depicts a dog patiently waiting for its owner to return during a shopping trip.




Rodecker is best known for his work as the creator of “Dragon Tales,” a PBS cartoon about children who visit a world populated by friendly dragons.

Grass Valley artist Sandy Lindblad is also lending her talents to help AnimalSave.

One of her contributions is a brightly colored painting of Chester and Sally, a cat and dog, taking a cozy nap.

“They have a loving dog-cat relationship,” said Lindblad, who owns nine cats and two dogs.

Also up for grabs are restaurant and hotel packages, shopping sprees at local businesses, gift certificates and spa and beauty services — to name a few.

There are even items to pamper your pets: veterinary services, training and pet sitting, along with dog and cat supplies.

One of the more unique items up for auction is a large wooden model ship, rumored to have been given to an old sea captain in the early 1900s in Macao. The story is that it was originally built for the children of royalty.

Among the jewelry pieces on the auction block is a ring created especially for AnimalSave and the Santa Paws auction. Julie Miller, of Stevenson’s Jewelry Supply in Grass Valley, routinely visits AnimalSave Thrift and Treasure and appraises donated jewelry for resale.

Throughout the year, she takes damaged gold jewelry
and chipped diamonds donated to the thrift store and fashions them into one-of-a-kind pieces to benefit the animals at the auction. This year’s offering is an intricate ring studded with diamonds.

The funds raised during the evening will go to support AnimalSave’s programs,
which include humane education, affordable spay and neuter services and finding loving homes for rescued dogs and cats, said Executive Director Carolyn Niehaus.

The organization places approximately 300 dogs and cats in permanent homes each year, according to Niehaus.

Since the mobile spay and neuter program began more than four years ago, 8,500 dogs and cats have received services, added Niehaus.

“We would like to thank our donors and our sponsors, including Penn Valley Veterinary and The Union,” said Niehaus. “We’ve gotten a lot of
support from local businesses with gift certificates and gift baskets.”

To contact Staff Writer Kim Midboe, email kmidboe@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4251.


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