Area Pet Lovers Show up, Despite Snow

file0001269559222On Tuesday night, February 24, despite the second snowfall in as many weeks, area pet lovers showed up to support our program for providing financial assistance for spay/neuter surgeries for local animals.

Cause: PAWS held their second annual Spay-ghetti dinner with all the net proceeds from the evening being earmarked for their support of low cost spay/neuter. Shadow Mountain Band provided lots of great music; emcee for the evening was Raina Troxell of Vintage Owl in Lavonia and Hometown Neighbor Magazine. “We raised just under $1100 this year” said Laura Williams, President. “Not as good as last year but, on the heels of two weeks of snow and general bad weather, much better than would be expected.”

Besides lots of fun, the crowd had the opportunity to hear from Jeff Roberts, Executive Director of the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter. Roberts had some good news to share. “For the last two months at the shelter, the influx of animals was matched or exceeded by the “live release rate”. This is the first time in the two years the shelter has been open.” said Roberts. “Unfortunately, based on over two thousand animals coming to the shelter last year, we know this is temporary. Still, we celebrate the small victories along the way as both our organizations work to decrease the pet overpopulation in Stephens County.”

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