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Humane Society hosts ‘Whisker Whirl’

November 6, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE -The Jefferson County Humane Society is set to host a major fundraiser Sunday at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville that will help with funding for the county humane officer, the housing and feeding of cats at the animal shelter as well as funding for medical treatment for sheltered animals.

The four-hour event will start at 11 a.m. and will include a quarter auction, a brunch, gift bags and holiday shopping experience.

Kathy Gagin of the Humane Society knows firsthand the important of animal adoption and a quality animal shelter.

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AUCTIONED ITEMS — Kathy Gagin, left, and Erin Ward arrange the auction items that will be available at the Jefferson County Humane Society Whisker Whirl set Sunday at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Gagin said the event will start at 11 a.m. and will include a quarter auction, a brunch, gift bags and a holiday shopping experience.

She adopted Dewey, a brown and white cocker spaniel in April 2007, and he has remained a constant companion since.

"I have ran my own cocker spaniel rescue program, so when Dewey came in and there were no immediate chances for adoption, the staff called me. I initially planned to find a home for him but he has been mine ever since," related Gagin.

According to Gagin, "Admission to the Whisker Whirl is $15 and that includes the chance to win some major prizes for just a quarter or two. It is better than bingo, more fun than poker and more prizes than a regular drawing."

"Tickets can be purchased in advance, reserved on a 'will call' basis and will also be available at the door. The Humane Society is a nonprofit organization, so donations are tax deductible," added Gagin.

"The quarter auction is fairly simple. Each admission gets a plastic ball. If you are interested in bidding on a particular prize, you put in a quarter for a $25 item, two quarters for a $50 item or three quarters for a $75 item. If your plastic ball is drawn, you win the gift for one, two or three quarters. It really is a great bargain and we do have a number of excellent gifts. And we will have a supply of quarters available at the event," said Gagin.

Gagin said the vendors expected to attend the Whisker Whirl and donate prizes include, "Randolph Bernard Galleries, Tranquility Day Spa, Pampered Chef, Taste of Home, Avon, Mary Kay, Silpada jewelry, Silver Fox Pottery and Makepeace Candles. We also have A Nails Charm, Stamp N Go, DeGregory's, Buttons and Bows, Gold Canyon Candles, Longenberger Baskets, County Gourmet, 31 Bags, Tastefully Simple, Scentary and an absolutely beautiful cut glass punch bowl from Adams Antiques. And we expect to have more vendors by Sunday.

"Our 11-member volunteer board raises money for the costs associated with rescue of dog and cat health certificates, shots and transport, educational programs on the importance of spay and neutering, along with proper care and treatment of off-site adoptions for dogs and cats. We help equip the medical room at the shelter and provide medicine and a veterinarian for the medical room at the shelter. We hope to soon be able to spay and neuter all our animals prior to adoption," explained Gagin.

"The money we raise through our fundraisers also goes toward the purchase of equipment for use at the shelter by the animal shelter staff as well as the Humane Society volunteers, cleaning supplies, hand tools, ladders, tables, chairs, computers, printers, file cabinets, shelving, a storage shed, coffee maker, microwave, stand alone cages, transport cages, office supplies, food, towels, leashes and shampoo to name just a few. The list is endless and constant. We also pay our own phone bill and 24-hour answering service.," stated Gagin.

"And we host the R.A.S.C.A.L. Unit three or four times a year to provide low-cost spay and neuter services to the general public," cited Gagin.

"I really want to express our heartfelt thanks to the county commissioners for having faith in our organization. Since partnering with the county, so many changes and improvements have taken place. I also want to say how great it is to work with the current shelter staff. We each have our own areas of concern. The county takes care of dogs, and the Humane Society takes care of cats but we work together as a team to provide for the animals in our care. And last but not least I also want to thank citizens of Jefferson County who stepped up and expressed their concern for all animals by passing the animal shelter levy to provide the wonderful new shelter.," she noted.

"I can't stress enough how important our fundraisers are. It is a chance for us to raise the money we so desperately need to help the animals. Because of the partnership between the animal shelter staff and the Humane Society we are able to find homes for more animals than in the past and the number of euthanizations is down. And the humane officer is able to respond to reports of animal abuse," said Gagin.

"The Whisker Whirl is a great fundraiser for the Humane Society and a great chance to have fun, win some prizes and do some holiday shopping," said Gagin.

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