Second Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner Planned

It's time for SPAY-Ghetti?

It’s time for SPAY-Ghetti?

Planning is underway for the second annual SPAY-­ghetti dinner to be held Tuesday night, February 24. X­Factor Grill at the Cornerstone will again provide the SPAY-­ghetti and host the entire event for Cause: PAWS. Bryan Westmoreland said there was a run on the cookies last year so he plans to double up his recipe. Actually, last year there were about fifty percent more people who showed up than were originally expected. He said “This year we will be ready!”. Volunteers will again provide the service and local businesses are being asked to provide door prizes. Shadow Mountain Band will return with their musical show.

The first fundraiser was held last year marking the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day. “Based on the amount of money we raised last year, our best guess was that we would be able to assist in the spay or neuter of 30 – ­40 cats and dogs.” said Laura Williams, President of Cause: PAWS, Inc. “We ended the year with 39 spay/neuter assists. While we are so happy to be able to provide that support, it seems there is always more that needs to be done.”

Jeff Roberts, Executive Director of the Toccoa-­Stephens County Animal Shelter has been invited to offer his insight and there are a couple of other special guests planned. Talk, however, will be limited. Fun is the order of the evening!

On the menu is SPAY­ghetti, 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 X­Factor Grill and North Georgia Credit Union in Toccoa, Tugalo 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 706­963­0783, or email

Cause:PAWS Gives Lessons in Kindness to Stephens County Schools

This school year, Cause: PAWS, Inc. is reaching Stephens County’s youngest citizens with lessons in kindness to animals. Cause: PAWS is providing 29 Stephens County elementary-school classrooms (over 800 children) with the children’s newspaper KIND News to help teachers encourage good character in children. The award-winning newspaper teaches children about proper pet care, respect for wildlife and other topics through articles, activities, projects, and puzzles.

Earlier this year, Cause: PAWS started an Adopt-a-Classroom program to fund the initiative and has received donations from individuals and businesses. The Adopt-a-Classroom program and KIND News will be a vital part of Cause: PAWS’ efforts to help solve animal-related problems in Stephens County, including pet overpopulation, neglect, and cruelty.

Cause: PAWS is seeking individuals to further support the program to achieve its goal of adopting all 94 K-5 classrooms in Stephens County. Donors may select a specific classroom to receive these materials or Cause: PAWS can make the selection from their list of classrooms waiting to be adopted. Each $30 contribution made to Cause: PAWS for the Adopt-a-Classroom programs provides a K-5 teacher and his or her class with 28 copies of KIND News and a teacher’s guide five times during the school year. Teachers also have access to reproducible worksheets to reinforce lessons in kindness.

“A Humane Society survey of teachers reported that 74% believed that consistent exposure to Kind News has improved their students’ treatment of one another.” said Laura Williams, President of Cause: PAWS, Inc. “We encourage the teachers to send the newspaper home with students after any classroom activities. The material is age appropriate for the students and they are excited to share it with their entire family.”

Dinner Fun

Shadow Mountain Band

Shadow Mountain Band


We want to thank everyone, every single one(!), who purchased tickets, made donations and volunteered for  the Cause:PAWS spay-ghetti dinner on World Spay Day.

We figure we raised enough money to help spay/neuter approximately 30-40 Toccoa-Stephens County animals.  That may not sound like a huge number but consider that in a year, that number can easily turn into 200-250 unwanted animals.  It costs a lot less money, suffering and heartache on the front end!

We appreciate all the businesses who sold tickets, donated door prizes, helped to promote the event, posted flyers and helped to spread the word. We heartily applaud all of the volunteers who cheerfully and tirelessly (mostly) set-up, served and cleaned.  And last, but certainly not least, thanks to the Shadow Mountain Band for providing us with some great music.  Waylon Jennings, eat your heart out!

We offer our sincere appreciation and affection to all for making the event a success.  May God bless you all, including your dog and cat family members.


SPAY-Ghetti Dinner

Cause PAWS Flyer

We are celebrating World Spay Day on Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 by holding a fundraising SPAY-ghetti Dinner at the X-Factor Grill/Cornerstone Restaurant.  Dinner includes spaghetti (meat sauce or no meat) salad, bread, tea or coffee and cookies. Enjoy country and folk music from the Shadow Mountain Band. We will also have a drawing for door prizes, including, in your choice of black, red or gray, your very own Cause:PAWS t-shirt.  Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at X-Factor Grill/Cornerstone, North Georgia Credit Union, Toccoa Veterinary Hospital and Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce. 

All proceeds will benefit local animals!



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