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Humane Society Auction for the Animals coming soon

The 14th annual Auction for the Animals will be held Friday, Aug. 28, at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., where attendees can peruse the hundreds of silent auction items while delicious hors d’oeuvres from Alley House and Farrago are served, along with your choice of wines or microbrewery beer served in a commemorative glass. The silent auction will be followed by the live auction at 7:30. The Brown Bag Auction, where a $1 ticket could possibly win you the item of your choice, will be back this year, as well.

Tickets are $25 through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, and $30 at the door. The price of a ticket includes the above mentioned food and beverages along with non alcoholic beverages, delicious desserts made especially by pastry chef Kellie at Alley House, and the time of your life bidding on fabulous auction items.

Is Durango your idea of a close to home, get away from it all trip? Bid on our Durango Package for Two which will include one night at the historic General Palmer Hotel and gift certificates to local establishments.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the piano? How about bidding on a beautiful Kawai digital piano? Need a new electric guitar? We will have two great ones for your bidding pleasure. Don’t want to play an instrument, but just listen to some good music? How about our donation from George Strait — the autographed two CD set “50 Number Ones,” complete with his biography and a page of questions and George’s answers.

Back by popular demand are two custom pieces of Kinlicheni signed horsehair pottery by Indian artist Hanna Jay — one in the silent auction and one in the live auction. There is also a trio of glazed pottery bears by Big Sky Carvers.

There will be some wonderful artwork this year, including works by Barbara Rosner, Chuck Ren (actual signed and numbered artist’s proof), signed works by Claire Goldrick and many other talented artists.

Even your cat or dog can benefit by your attendance at the event, as there will many delightful and very creative cat and dog baskets that will make it very difficult to choose which one to bid on in the silent auction.

Please plan to attend one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year which benefits a great cause — keeping our county free of wandering cats and dogs and providing them with temporary shelter until they can be reunited with their owners or an adoptive home can be found. The Humane Society does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the A.S.P.C.A, or from United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, the Thrift Store, and through fund-raisers such as the Auction for the Animals.

Remember, discounted tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Humane Society Administration office located upstairs at the Thrift Store, Chamber of Commerce, Moonlight Books, and the Plaid Pony. Tickets will be $30 Thursday, Friday and at the door. For more information, or if you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the auction, call the Humane Society administration office at 264-5549.