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Something for everyone at Auction for the Animals

Have you ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon?

Come to the 17th annual Auction for the Animals and bid on a hot air balloon ride from Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures.

Need a new saddle?

Come on down and bid on an absolutely beautiful western show saddle made by the very well known Doug’s Saddlery in Boerne, Texas, donated by David and Bonnie Brooks?

How about a handsome leather and wood chaise lounge donated by Dwight and Anita Hooton?

Does your gun collection need an addition?

Well, you might want to check out the custom made hunting rifle with walnut stock and hand checkering donated by Gil and Audrey Johnson.

Jewelry, signed books, original art and photography, celebrity merchandise, including a signed copy of “The Turning Point,” donated by Arnold Palmer, combined with a golf package at Pagosa Springs Golf Club, theatre tickets, Wolf Creek ski passes, pet baskets for your favorite dog or cat, numerous “people baskets” for you or for the perfect gift, and several equine items can all be found in the live and silent auctions at the annual Auction for the Animals.

It will be the perfect opportunity to do your Christmas shopping in August and avoid the holiday rush!

This popular Pagosa event will take place Friday, Aug. 26, at the Ross Aragon Community Center.  It will begin at 6 p.m. with the silent auction and brown bag raffle followed by the live auction at 7:45.  Tickets are $25 through 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 25, and $30 at the door.

This year’s auctioneer/emcee will be Pagosa’s own Jody McAlister, and it will be a fun time watching Jody in action! We will also have the always entertaining Mike Branch, Mark Crain and Carl Smith helping spot for bidders.

The price of a ticket includes gourmet hors d’oeuvres catered by Alley House Grille, Farrago and other sources, delicious desserts created by pastry chef Kellie Stevens, microbrewery beer, soft drinks, and this year a very special wine selection generously donated by Gary and Becky Anderson of Colleyville, Texas.

The Auction for the Animals will be serving two wines from Scott Harvey Winery, located in the heart of Amador County in California: a red blend 2008 Mountain Selection Barbera, created in the Old World Italian, food-friendly style and “One Last Kiss,” a white blend characterized as a “great hot tub wine.”

There will also be some music to shop by. JP Rappenecker has graciously donated his services time and again to the Humane Society and, once again, he will provide some great music so that attendees will have an enjoyable evening bidding on fabulous auction items.

Please plan to attend this fabulous event which benefits a great cause. The Humane Society provides homeless animals with temporary shelter and care until they can be reunited with their owners, or an adoptive family can be found. Through these efforts, the organization helps to keep our county free of wandering cats and dogs, which is a benefit to all who reside and visit our beautiful area.

The Humane Society does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA, or United Way. The animal shelter relies on revenue from private donations, the Thrift Store, and fund-raisers such as the Auction for the Animals.

For more information on the event, contact the Humane Society at 264-5549 or the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce at 264-2360.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year’s Auction for the Animals’ — Friday, Aug. 26. You will be glad you did.

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