Humane Society Gala Supports Sheltering of Pets

Posted on March 10, 2015 09:10 am CDT

Springfield News-Leader
Ed Peaco

One evening of generosity provides much of the year's expenses for operating the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri's shelter for homeless dogs and cats.

The annual Lucky Paws banquet, 6 p.m. Saturday at University Plaza Convention Center, will provide many enticements for guests to part with their money for a noble cause. Last year's event raised $250,000, said spokesperson Ann Compton. If you want to attend, make a reservation by Tuesday.

"The Shelter runs entirely on the generosity of citizens, organizations and businesses who are compelled by our mission," she said, outlining three aspects of the mission: housing homeless dogs and cats, finding them new homes and offering low-cost spay and neutering for owners on a limited income.

This year's entertainment will include a video portraying one homeless dog's adventure under the society's care. The star of the video, Barley the dog, will make an appearance at the event.

Guests will be served a traditional Irish dinner. Kellswater will provide Irish music.

Items with a wide range of value will be up for sale in open auctions and silent auctions, enabling guests of various-sized wallets to participate. One of the highlights of the evening will be U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., as one of the auctioneers.

The video starring Barley shows just part of his adventure. The happy ending took place a bit later, thanks to Calen Saulk and her apartment mate, who will serve as Barley's entourage at the event, she said. They had been volunteering as dog walkers at the shelter and became attached to Barley.

The would-be owners cleared the screening hurdles, such as confirmation that pets were allowed at their apartment and updating immunizations of the adoptee and other animals in the home. Saulk said she was impressed with the thoroughness and efficiency of the process.

"I really appreciated it because that told me that the animals were being looked after correctly, and they wanted to release the animals into safe homes," she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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