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Boone Area Humane Society Talks Upcoming Pawty 4 Paws Fundraiser

When animals need a safe place to go, proper care, and the hope of adoption, the Boone Area Humane Society offers those supports. But maintaining its facilities and its mission requires funding.

His annual Pawty 4 Paws fundraiser will take place from 6-10 p.m. on November 4 at Seven Oaks Recreation, 1086 222nd Drive.

“Our annual fundraiser is our primary funding mechanism for the care of the dogs and cats in our care throughout the year. It has been three years since we were able to hold this in-person fundraiser, due to the pandemic, so we are very happy to be back in-person this year,” said the fundraising coordinator. Anna Bergman Pierce.

Iowa musician John Paul Burch will provide musical entertainment and the event will be hosted by Steve Berry. A meal will be served to attendees, featuring treats from Hickory Park, Dutch Oven Bakery, Hy-Vee, Insomnia Cookies and more, as well as a live and silent auction and raffle.

Auction items are donated by local businesses and sports teams and will include a wide variety of items.

New this year is the sponsorship of a full table and eight tickets for $400, or a half table and four tickets for $200.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. All proceeds will go to the needs of the shelter, with the goal of raising $15,000. There will be an option to bid on auction items virtually.

Register for tickets and learn more here:

BAHS Updates: Adopt a Dog Who Has Been at the Shelter Since April

BAHS executive director Vanessa Heenan noted that the shelter has a wide selection of cats, kittens and dogs in need of forever homes. You can browse the profiles online at: Complete an online application and the staff will call you to schedule an appointment with the animal you are interested in.

“This current kitten season has been extremely difficult for us,” she said. “And unfortunately it wasn’t just the kittens that were found outside. Many of these kittens were born inside pets that have not been spayed or neutered. It sounds like a daily quote. We hear residents tell us that “we just wanted to have a litter”. Unfortunately, when kittens are born to cats that are not properly wormed or vaccinated or to mothers that have been exposed to the outdoors, there are many risks involved. Which, above all else, is why our goal is to neuter and neuter as many people as possible within our community. »

Heenan said that as we approach the cold season, she expects more people to contact the shelter about outdoor cats. If you are unsure of the cat’s level of care, there are ways to determine it.

“Our staff is very knowledgeable and the shelter is not necessarily the best place for every cat found,” Heenan said. “Most friendly cats outside have a home. If they seem scared, they may be lost. For this reason, we urge you to have them scanned for a microchip. If they have one, we may be able to If a cat is missing the tip of its left ear, it’s probably a community cat that prefers to live outdoors.

She added that community cats often have guardians in place who provide neutering or neutering, vaccinations and shelter.

“Please don’t try to catch these cats. However, if you see a sick, injured or multiple cat, please let us know in the neighborhood as we can educate and offer TNR (trap, neuter, return) or resources for the situation,” she noted. “Removing all the cats only creates more vacuum effect problems (an area once inhabited by removed cats will soon be occupied by a new colony). It’s not a solution for cats that overcrowd a specific area If you are caring for multiple outdoor cats, please call the shelter so we can assist you.

The shelter needs food donations for cats and kittens. Preference goes to Purina because it is easy to find. Heenan said the shelter also uses a lot of Purina Dog Chow, paper towels, laundry soap and Blue Dawn dish soap.

The goal for October is to find a home for Alex, a dog who has been living at BAHS since April.

“The only reason we’re having trouble finding him a home is that he’s not a big fan of other dogs or cats,” Heenan said. “He could really use his own fenced yard where he is the only pet. He is a super clumsy and sweet dog, who loves to play with toys and loves spending time with his people. He aspires to be a couch potato. It’s not very often you find Alex without a toy in his mouth because he just wants to play.

Alex is free to adopt through sponsored adoption fees.

BAHS is a no-kill animal shelter and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The shelter, 226 W. 16th St. in Boone, can be reached at 515-432-6112 or