Tickets available now for annual Auction of the Animals

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Photo courtesy John Duvall
This year, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs received a very special donation for its live auction: an Ebony Yamaha Conservatory Grand Piano in pristine condition. Sure to appeal to the music lover, this beautiful auction item should also appeal to anyone who would like to add a gorgeous piece of furniture/art to an already well-appointed home. Off-site bidders will be able to participate in bidding on this live auction item. The 23rd annual Auction for the Animals will be held on Aug. 25 at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

By Mike Stoll
Special to The PREVIEW

The 23rd annual Auction for the Animals is right around the corner. Whether you are a local, a summer resident or a visitor, this is the summer event you don’t want to miss. Join us for a fun and entertaining evening and help make this important fundraiser a great success for the dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs animal shelter.

This year’s event will be held on Aug. 25 at the Ross Aragon Community Center. The evening will feature a delectable dinner along with a cash bar featuring fine wine, great beer and soft drinks. The doors open at 6 p.m.

This special event is a terrific way to help the cats and dogs in our community’s only animal shelter and a great way to have a fun-filled night, too. Live music will be provided by Tim Sullivan during dinner and the silent auction, and professional auctioneer Ken Kincaid returns to handle the rousing live auction portion of the evening, ably assisted by spotters Mike Branch and Mark Crain.

The Humane Society is very fortunate to have super supporters and donors both locally and from afar. This year, we received a very special donation for our live auction: an Ebony Yamaha Conservatory Grand Piano in pristine condition. Sure to appeal to the music lover, this beautiful auction item should also appeal to anyone who would like to add a gorgeous piece of furniture/art to an already well-appointed home. Off-site bidders will be able to participate in bidding on this live auction item. Contact the Humane Society administration office for more information at 264-5549.

Another special feature of this year’s auction will be the drawing of the winning ticket for the first-ever Raining Cats and Dogs Raffle during the live auction.

Raffle tickets are $100 and no more than 300 tickets will be sold. The winner will receive one-third of all raffle ticket proceeds; if all 300 tickets are sold the winning amount will be $10,000. The shelter dogs and cats receive the balance of ticket proceeds.

Help it rain cash for the shelter animals and buy your raffle ticket soon. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Two Old Crows and Spectrum Construction/Real Log Homes. Cash and check only, please.

Here is just a sampling of some of the other fabulous items donated and available at this year’s auction: exquisite jewelry, including a custom dog and cat gold and silver pendant; works of art, with custom fused glass, limited prints and original paintings; fly rod and accessories, camping gear and sporting equipment; custom Australian stock saddle and western saddles; home décor and furnishings; and much, much more. You’ll also find gift certificates for ski packages, spas, dining and lodging, and local entertainment. There are great gifts for your furry family members as well. It’s a super opportunity to shop for Christmas in August.

The evening’s festivities begin at 6 p.m., starting with the silent auction followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and then the live auction.

Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at the Humane Society Thrift Store and Animal Shelter, Higher Grounds Coffee Café, the Chamber of Commerce or by calling 264-5549. Tickets are limited and the event has sold out the past three years, so don’t delay. The theme of this year’s auction is Upscale Cowboy, but if your closet is bereft of western duds, don’t worry because any Pagosa Fancy dress will do (that means jeans are OK).

Please help support your local Humane Society by attending this very important annual event. The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs does not receive any funding from the Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, the ASPCA or United Way. The Humane Society relies on revenue from private donations, the thrift store and fundraisers such as the Auction for the Animals to fund the activity of the animal shelter and the many programs that support community members and their pets.

Remember to purchase your tickets in advance. For more information on the event, visit our website at www.humanesociety.biz or call 264-5549. Come on out Aug. 25 and enjoy a wonderful evening — you’ll be glad you did.