Benefit auction set for Nov. 16

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Pets & People Humane Society volunteers walk dogs along Main Street during the recent 54th Annual Oklahoma Czech Festival parade. Pets & People’s 19th annual charity auction will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 West Main Events, 10 W Main. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Associate Editor

With plans to break ground this December on its own 4,700-square foot rescue center, Yukon’s animal humane society is gearing up for its largest annual fundraiser.

Pets & People Humane Society, which has been saving homeless animals for more than 25 years, will present its 19th annual charity auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 inside 10 West Main Events, 10 W Main.

The goal is to raise $40,000 to support the efforts of the no-kill animal humane society, which plans to open a rescue facility next spring for animals being they are adopted. A capital campaign is underway to raise $450,000 to build the site, which will be west of the city’s animal control facility on N Inla.

Getting back to the Nov. 16th fund-raising auction, Pets & People board member Karen Terry said the event usually features about 400 items.

More donations are needed to help ensure success.

“We would like to receive most donations by Nov. 1,” Terry said. “At our auction, we’ll have everything from dog and cat baskets, beauty baskets, decorations, holiday items, photos, artwork, gift certificates, services, jewelry, tools, games for kids, vacation packages, and lots more. A big array of everything.”

Tickets may be purchased at Pets & People’s shelter, 701 Inla; or online at petsandpeople.com. Tickets are $25 if bought by Nov. 1; $35 after that.

The ticket price covers entry to the auction, a buffet dinner, iced tea, and coffee. A cash bar will be available.

The event will include a bake sale and a “fixed price” donation table.

Some $27,000 was raised last year but Terry has high hopes for more this time to help Pets & People’s operational fund – and boost the building fund effort.

“It will be a good time for everyone who attends,” Terry said. “This is our fourth year at 10 West Main Events and we usually sell out of all 225 tickets.”

With the auction less than a month away, animal lovers are being encouraged to clean out their closets and bring their donations to Pets & People by Nov. 1.

“We just need people’s stuff to be successful … we’ll take most anything,” Terry said. “We’d also like to get some nice wine for wine baskets and have a good wine pull.”
Help is needed to present the annual auction.

“We can always use more volunteers,” Terry said.

Tax-deductible donations may be dropped off at the Pets & People shelter or contact Terry by phone or email to make a special arrangement.

To donate or volunteer, or for more information about the Nov. 19th pet auction benefit, call 249-7199 or email auction@petsandpeople.com.

THE MISSION

All proceeds from next month’s charity auction will go directly to care for animals awaiting new “forever homes.”

Pets & People’s mission is to rescue homeless animals schedule for euthanasia from metro-area animal control facilities.

Pets & People now houses more than 200 cats and dogs and has placed more than 55,000 animals since its inception in 1992. While in the humane society’s care, cats and dogs are spayed/neutered and given whatever medical attention they need.

Pets & People is a volunteer-based organization that exists only on fund-raisers and donations provided by the public.