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Benefit raises funds for local animal organizations

By Staff | Sep 9, 2011

The Briggs Animal Adoption Center and Spay Today will host its 4th Biennial “Whiskers and Wags Woof It Up” silent auction on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The event will raise funds to benefit the nonprofits’ general operating funds, according to Anne Small, a volunteer and Board of Director for the National Humane Education Society.

“We really get wonderful donations,” Small said of the event, which takes place every other year.

She said the Briggs Center is a “happy, healthy center,” open most days.

This no-kill shelter features a cattery, in which stray cats can run in indoor and outdoor areas, a seemingly more natural environment.

“People come from all over to see the cattery,” Small said.

But though the center boasts this unusual feature, Small said like any adoption organization, there is always one mission in mind.

“They all need a real home,” she said.

Spay Today, the other organization benefiting from the auction, has spay and neutered approximately 30,000 animals in the past 15 years, said Small, who had a hand in co-founding the organization years ago.

“Primarily, for the overpopulation, that is still very much the problem in this area, in rural areas,” she said.

Spay Today works with 19 participating veterinarians in the area, in which services, such as spaying, neutering and various shots, such as rabies vaccinations, are given at a subsidized cost. The organization also provides traps to catch feral cats.

The auction will take place at the Skyline Ballroom at Hollywood Casino, Charles Town. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each.

Various items being auctioned off during the silent and live auction include an iPad2; a flat-screen television; high-end jewelry; getaways; dinners and lunches, including a dinner for four at the Press Room; private dinners at individual residences; and more.

Door prizes will also be available.

“It’s a very important fundraiser for us but this one is probably the most lucrative,” Small said.

She added, “We have a tremendous amount of community support I think that most businesses and most individuals are happy to support a local organization.”

For more information about tickets and donations, contact Small at 304-876-6607 or call 304-724-6558 or email development@nhes.org.