Fourth Annual Spay-Ghetti dinner to be held on February 28

Details are set for the fourth annual SPAY­ghetti dinner to be held Tuesday night, February 28, at the X Factor Grill. Bryan Westmoreland will, once again, provide his delicious take on SPAY-ghetti while the diners are entertained by Shadow Mountain Band. Local businesses have been asked to provide door prizes.

The art raffle,  begun last year with the generous donation from Sabrina Taylor, will continue this year. There will again be artwork by Ms. Taylor, along with Deborah Hartley and Cadence Wilson. Tickets will be $5 each or 3 for $10.

Cause: PAWS first fundraiser was held in 2014, marking the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day. Now in its 23nd year, World Spay Day is an annual campaign, begun by The Humane Society of the United States, to shine a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible surgeries to save lives.

Laura Williams, President of Cause: PAWS, Inc. says “In addition to our low cost spay/neuter outreach, we provide humane education materials to elementary school children in Banks, Franklin, Hart and Stephens counties. Using stories, puzzles and games, they encourage children to treat animals humanely, celebrate their special bond with animals and to help protect animals.” She added “Teachers have told us they especially appreciate how these materials help them meet their non-fiction reading requirements.”

spaghettiOn the menu is SPAY­ghetti, with or without meat sauce, salad, bread and cookies. Tea or coffee is included. Tickets are $12.50 per person in advance and $15 per person the day of the dinner. To go boxes are available, without the beverage. Wine and beer will be available for purchase at the bar. Tickets are available at X­Factor Grill and North Georgia Credit Union in Toccoa, Tugalo Animal Hospital and Vintage Owl in Lavonia.

If you would like to donate a door prize, volunteer or have any questions, please email Sharon Shailer at Sharon@CausePAWS.org.

‘Taylor Made Art’ Supports Animals!

Art RaffleSabrina Taylor of Taylor Made Art has donated an original acrylic painting,  “Pumpkins” that will be raffled off to raise funds for local animals.  The painting will be on display, and raffle tickets will be available, tomorrow night at the X-Factor Grill during Cause: PAWS annual fundraiser, SPAY-ghetti dinner. The raffle drawing will be held at the end of the evening.

Ms. Taylor is an emerging local artist. Her family moved to Georgia when she was a youngster and now, she and her husband, along with their young son, are pleased to call Toccoa home.

She began drawing about the time she moved to Georgia and, over time, has developed a love and talent for painting. In August 2015, she opened up “Taylor Made Art” on Facebook to have a place to network her art.  Her art started selling and she began accepting commissions for other art projects, including the field art for Toccoa Little League, along with local pet portraits.  Her favorite subjects are animals, pretty much all of them! She has also recently started doing some landscapes.

Ms. Taylor’s work can be found locally at All Things Currahee at the corner of Doyle and Sage Streets. Online, it is available at fineartamerica.com and on her Facebook page, “Taylor Made Art”. She is available for commissioned work, impressionist pet portraits and is willing to discuss other art projects.

Raffle tickets can be purchased between 5:30 and 8 pm Tuesday night at the dinner.  The tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

3rd Annual SPAY­ghetti Dinner Set for February 23

Toccoa, GA, February 16, 2016 ­­ Details are set for the third annual SPAY­ghetti dinner to be held Tuesday night, February 23, at the X Factor Grill. Bryan Westmoreland will, once again, provide his delicious take on SPAY-ghetti while the diners are entertained by Shadow Mountain Band. Local businesses have been asked to provide door prizes.

Cause: PAWS first fundraiser was held in 2014, marking the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day. Now in its 22nd year, World Spay Day is an annual campaign, begun by The Humane Society of the United States, to shine a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible surgeries to save lives.

Laura Williams, President of Cause: PAWS, Inc. says “In addition to our low cost spay/neuter outreach, we provide humane education materials to elementary school children in Banks, Franklin, Hart and Stephens counties. Using stories, puzzles and games, they encourage children to treat animals humanely, celebrate their special bond with animals and to help protect animals.” She added “Teachers have told us they especially appreciate how these materials help them meet their non-fiction reading requirements.”

spaghettiOn the menu is SPAY­ghetti, with or without meat sauce, salad, bread and cookies. Tea or coffee is included. Tickets are $12.50 per person in advance and $15 per person the day of the dinner. To go boxes are available, without the beverage. Wine and beer will be available for purchase at the bar. Tickets are available at X­Factor Grill and North Georgia Credit Union in Toccoa, Tugalo Animal Hospital and Vintage Owl in Lavonia.

If you would like to donate a door prize, volunteer or have any questions, please email Sharon Shailer at Sharon@CausePAWS.org.

A Cowgirl, A Diva and A Shameless Hussy Visit Toccoa

Tickets will be available at the door! Don’t miss the show!

This trio has written chart topping songs for the likes of Alabama, Garth Brooks and Mickey Gilley. These three ladies will inspire, empower, and thoroughly entertain you with their music, wit and stories about men, love and dating, surviving cancer, and the power of the spirit.

Join us for an evening of songs, and the stories and people behind them.  Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill and Kacey Jones, individually, write songs for themselves and for other entertainers. As a group (www.ACowgirlADivaandAShamlessHussy.com), they will take turns playing songs that they have made famous and that others have made famous.  It will be an evening of laughter, heart-touching stories and, we can promise, they will leave you wanting more.

Becky Hobbs (www.BeckyHobbs.com) is “country’s best kept secret”, according to Ralph Novak of People Magazine. As a recording artist, she has had over 20 chart singles/albums, not to mention the songs she has written for Alabama, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Emmylou Harris and others. Becky, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, composed and co-wrote “Nanyehi-The Story of Nancy Ward”, based on the life of her fifth-greatgrandmother. It premiered in Hartwell, GA and is gearing up for it’s 5th production (Nov. 5, 6 and 7) at the Hard Rock Tulsa. Becky is being inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on October 16, 2015!

The New York Times Music Writer, Phil Sweetland, says Benita Hill (www.BenitaHill.com) is “Nashville’s greatest jazz singer”. And the songs she has penned have been covered by artists in many genres, Garth Brooks, Isaac Hayes, Kirk Whalum, Crystal Gayle, and have appeared in Broadway musicals. Three of her songs, co-written with Julia Rich, are performed worldwide as part of the Glenn Miller orchestra’s standard repertoire. Benita’s live performances are dynamic and mesmerizing, whether singing her own songs or covering the Great American Songbook. With her trademark sultry and sensitive vocals, she has shared the stage around the world with artists such as Chuck Mangione, Michael Franks, Boney James and Raul Malo.

Best known for her work with Ethel and The Shameless Hussies (MCA) and her comedic albums, Kacey Jones (www.KaceyJones.com) has the gift for making people laugh, including Garrison Keillor, who invited her to share her wit and music on “A Prairie Home Companion” (NPR). A recent contestant on America’s Got Talent (Season 10), Kacey’s original songs have been recorded by Mickey Gilley, David Allan Coe, and Cledus T. Judd. Miss Jones produced the #1 Americana album, “Pearls in the Snow, The Songs of Kinky Friedman” and she is The Official Songstress of The Sweet Potato Queens.

 

Big News for Lavonia

We are happy to report that we are beginning a low-cost Spay/Neuter transport. See flyer below and/or email us for more details.

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The Five Best Things About the Lavonia Spring Festival

Everyone has their own idea about the best way to spend a beautiful Spring day in Northeast Georgia and, this past weekend, we almost had too many options.  But we decided to set up shop at the Lavonia Spring Festival.  It is a one day festival that attracts around 2000 people each year, along with the requisite balloon toys, kiddie rides, original art and, just in case you haven’t had the pleasure of falling in love with Lavonia’s restaurants, more food!

But without further ado, my personal top five list of the best things about this years Spring Festival:

  1. 20150502 Lavonia Spring festNew friends. We met some people who can use some help finding low cost spay/neuter options for their dogs. We met a couple of people who are breed specific rescuers. We had a new volunteer working with us and she is just as crazy about animals as we are.
  2. Funnel cake. Is there anything else that can be said?  Once a year I get my fix..shared it with four people in our booth. You just can’t eat a whole one.
  3. Puppy dogs. Of every kind, of every age.  Getting and giving kisses. Looking at us like we were out of our minds.
  4. Old friends.  We ran into a few people we had been able to help before.  Jeff Roberts (Director of Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter) popped in to say hi. A doggie parent came by to get more of our famous Peanut Butter Doggie Cookies.
  5. Making a Difference. We decided we were very happy to trade a beautiful spring Saturday, doing what we can do, to make a small difference in the lives of companion animals.

Plus, you get to wear great t-shirts!

 

Local Animal Advocate, Retired but Still Donating for a Cause

Local animal lover and long-time animal advocate, Joan Allen, may have retired from the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Board recently but she hasn’t retired from her cause.

Allen moved to this area over 20 years ago and began working with the Stephens County Humane Society. She spent the next twenty years rescuing, spaying, and adopting, with at least one day each weekend spent at adoption events, in Stephens County and beyond. The last few years have seen her slowing down but staying active on the Shelter board. Now, for health reasons, she is not actively volunteering but she is still paying attention to local animals. She, along with a group of friends, have attended fundraising events for another local organization, Cause: PAWS, Inc., over the last couple of years. While still an advocate of spaying and adoption, she also recognizes the need to offer humane education to the younger generation.

Allen has made a series of donations to Cause: PAWS this spring to help further our missions. We are grateful for her support.

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.”

The Dinner Will Go On!

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We have checked with our sources far and wide…well, all the way to Clarkesville, to the lake and to Lavonia.

They all tell us that the roads are clear; Shadow Mountain Band says they can easily get there;  X-factor says they are ready for us.  Who are we to put an end to the fun?

So, the spay-ghetti dinner is on!

Look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please email or call.

 

Toccoa Teacher Shares Knowledge

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This year, a local teacher will make a brief guest appearance at our upcoming Spay-ghetti fundraiser and will talk about humane education in elementary schools. Ms. Phyllis Byrd, a fourth grade teacher at Eastanollee Elementary, represents one of 29 classrooms that were recipients of KIND News for the 2014-2015 school year. They were selected to participate in Cause:PAWS Adopt-a-Classroom program. KIND News is an award-winning newspaper that, through articles, activities, projects, and puzzles, provides teachers materials to reinforce lessons in kindness.

“My class was inspired to make dog treats from a recipe in the newspaper and we took them to the shelter” said Ms. Byrd. “The children loved knowing they were making a difference in the lives of the animals and I loved the lesson that they were getting first-hand. We all look forward to receiving KIND News and hope to be able to continue next year.”

Jeff Roberts, Executive Director of the Toccoa-Stephens County Animal Shelter has been invited to talk for a few minutes along with Dr. April Steele, from Tugaloo Animal Hospital, who will have a unique perspective on slowing the influx of animals to shelters.

Dinner will be SPAY-ghetti, with or without meat sauce, salad, bread and cookies. Tea and coffee are included. Tickets are $12.50 per person in advance and $15 per person the day of the dinner. Wine and beer will be available for purchase at the bar. Tickets are available at X-Factor Grill and North Georgia Credit Union in Toccoa and Lavonia, Tugaloo Animal Hospital and Vintage Owl in Lavonia and Mill Creek Veterinary Hospital in Clarkesville.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Sharon Shailer at 706-963-0783, or email Sharon@CausePAWS.org.