SEATTLE — The Seattle Canine Club holds its third annual auction to benefit the Seattle Animal Shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund” and “Pet Population Control Fund.” The auction will take place in the atrium of the Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., on Thursday, March 25, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is open to all animal lovers.
“Working with dogs is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. My clients are among the most caring and giving people I know, and I wanted to leverage our shared love of dogs into a way of helping more animals in need,” said Rick Beaubelle, owner of the Seattle Canine Club.
The event is run entirely by volunteers and donations, and the evening includes heartfelt stories, refreshments, and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses. Last year’s auction raised more than $15,000. Admission is by suggested donation of $10. Donations are tax deductible.
“We are so grateful that Rick has chosen to support the ‘Help the Animals Fund’ and the ‘Pet Population Control Fund.’ Last year was great fun bidding on items and socializing with fellow animal lovers. Rick and his team at Seattle Canine Club are deeply committed to the animals of Seattle,” said Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter executive director.
The “Help the Animals Fund,” created in 1977, provides for veterinary care for animals arriving at the shelter sick, injured or abused. Last year alone, the fund covered more than $91,000 in veterinary bills. The shelter cares for approximately 7,000 stray and owner-surrendered animals each year. Many of these animals arrive sick and injured from living on the streets; others are seized from abusive or neglectful owners.
The “Pet Population Control Fund” helps low-income families and the elderly pay for spaying and neutering their pets at Seattle’s Municipal Spay and Neuter Clinic. It also helps educate the public about pet over-population, and to purchase the latest, safest spay and neuter equipment.
Animals are available for adoption from the shelter, Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the Seattle Animal Shelter, call (206)386-PETS (7387), visit the shelter’s Web site at www.seattleanimalshelter.org or visit the shelter at 2061 – 15th Ave. W., one mile south of the Ballard Bridge.
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