LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Humane Society will hold a fundraising event in two weeks that its directors hope will become the annual centerpiece in their fight to save lives.
Money raised at “Wine and Ales for Waggin’ Tales,” an invitation-only event set for Feb. 8, will go towards repayment of veterinary bills incurred during the treatment of sheltered animals.
“We’re trying to save as many animals as we can,” said Kathy Murphy, who serves on the society’s board of directors. “We know that we need fundraisers because we have so many vet bills.”
The fundraiser will be held from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Wallace Lodge, located at 29764 Aberdeen Road. Selections for beer and wine connoisseurs will abound as the committee plans to offer stock not found on every grocery store shelf.
There will also be heavy hors d’oeuvres and a jazz performance by Ray Codrington and a jazz ensemble. A live auction will be held, featuring such items as vacation rentals and customized work by a portrait artist, and smaller items will be up for bid through a silent auction.
At $45 a ticket, if the event is filled to its 150-person limit, the society could pay about $6,700 of its medical expenses — and seats are “filling up fast,” Murphy said.
The society has been planning the event since September, with the help of David Harling, who Murphy said has “expertise in fundraising,” and shelter director Melinda McMillan. Showcased at the fundraiser will be a long list of animals who can boast “happy tales” about their journey to becoming a loved pet — including Rambo and Grant, who were successfully treated for heartworm disease and Trixie, who now lives in a New York apartment.
Speakers at the event will also speak of the need for foster “parents,” people who house dogs and cats that are running out of time at the shelter until those animals can find a permanent home.
“We always need fosters,” Murphy said. “That is a great way to save a life. You’re not only saving the dog’s or cat’s life that you foster, but you’re making room at the shelter.”
Murphy praised McMillan for her work to find animals a home, mostly through rescue agencies that transport animals to Northern states, where spay-and-neuter campaigns have been so successful that there are few pets to go around. Most Scotland County residents qualify for the state’s spay and neuter program, which lowers the cost from $100 to $10.
Money raised by the society throughout the year can be the difference between life and death for some animals, Murphy said, especially those who may need heartworm treatment that can cost upwards of $300.
“This is going to be a fun event, and it’s also going to benefit the animals,” she said. “They’ll be glad they came.”