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Humane Society gearing up for Auction for the Animals

The 16th annual Auction for the Animals will be held Friday, Aug. 27, at the Ross Aragon Community Center. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m., when attendees can peruse the hundreds of silent auction items while delicious hors d’oeuvres from Alley House & 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 p.m.  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. 25, 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 Stevens of 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.

Always wanted to learn to play guitar? We have a youth/beginner electric bass guitar for your bidding pleasure. Don’t want to play an instrument, but just listen to some good music? We will have lots of autographed CDs by various music artists in the silent auction.

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 will also be some wonderful artwork this year including works by Navajo artist Leland Holiday, Barbara Rosner, Rick Unger, and signed/numbered works by Claire Goldrick, Lori Salisbury 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.

The Humane Society is still seeking donations for the Auction. Signed artwork and books, gift certificates, jewelry, sports and outdoor activity equipment, gift items, dog- and cat-related products, and other biddable items are needed in order for this event to be a success again this year. If you have an item or items you would like to donate (we are a 501c3 non-profit organization for your tax purposes), please deliver the item(s) to the Administrative Office located above the Thrift Store and complete the Auction donation form. The Committee would greatly appreciate that items be donated as soon as possible to make the cataloging process more efficient, as we usually have in excess of 200 auction items. All donations must be received by 6 pm Friday, Aug. 20, to be included in the 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. 25, at the Humane Society Administration office located upstairs at the Thrift Store, Chamber of Commerce, and Mountain Home Sound and Security.  Tickets will be  $30 Thursday, at the Humane Society Administration Office, and Friday and at the door.  For more information, questions, or if you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the auction, please call the Humane Society Administration Office at 264-5549.