By Darla Shelden
Tails will be wagging as thousands of homeless pets will benefit from donations raised during Pets and People Humane Society’s 11th annual charity auction titled “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.” On Saturday, November 17, doors will open at 7 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, located at 401 S. Meridian and I-40. The Pets & People event is sponsored by Overhead Door Company of Oklahoma City.
“We usually have about 500 items available, including gift baskets and services such as restaurant certificates and spa packages,” said board member and full time volunteer Edy Bauer. “We always have a very eclectic group of things at our auction, which makes for great Christmas shopping! We will have jewelry, artwork, household items, manly items such as toolboxes, battery chargers, novelty items, autographed sports items, even a used car from Frontier Chevrolet. We also have donated this year a 1975 GMC Classic High Sierra Truck with new paint and tires, with only 30,000 original miles. It looks and runs great.”
Yukon-based Pets and People has rescued more than 46,000 adoptable pets from 25 metro area animal control facilities since 1992. The auction helps to fund medical treatment for pets to be spayed or neutered to help end the cycle of unwanted pets.
“Last year’s auction was very successful, but we need to double the proceeds this year because of increasing demand,” said Bauer. “If just one or two percent of the people who have adopted from Pets and People would donate an auction item or bring friends to the event, we’d definitely have a huge success. It could hold us over financially during the winter months.”
Pets and People was formed in 1990 by Pam Wright, Mel Berger, Donelda Wheatley and Jody Harlan, as a pet therapy program where volunteers visited nursing centers in Yukon. Pets and People later expanded into a full service humane society, which rescues dog and cats from nearby area animal shelters.
To support the shelter’s rescued pets, Pets and People added a foster home program, community projects, and school education projects emphasizing the importance of spaying and neutering animals.
A thrift store was also opened at 322 Elm Avenue in Yukon All proceeds from the thrift store go to benefit Pets & People. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays by appointment only. Call 405-350-3199 for more information.
Pets and People’s adoption fees are $80 for dogs over 20 pounds, $100 for dogs 20 pounds and under and purebred dogs and puppies. Cats and kittens are on “special” for $35 through the month of November. The adoption rates include medical services, including vet exams, spaying or neutering, medical testing, treatment and appropriate shots.
Bauer, who has been with Pets and People since 1997 added, “The dinner is being catered by the Biltmore and has a Mexican theme which includes a vegetarian or vegan entrée provided on special request. We will have some smaller items to be raffled as well as ‘mystery grab bags.’ Most items go for $25-75 so there is something for everyone!”
Pets and People is still looking for donations for the annual auction. Recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable organization, donations are tax deductible.
Tickets are available for $25, which include a dinner buffet and refreshments. A cash bar will be available.
To purchase tickets online, go to the “donate” tab on the web site at www.petsandpeople.com. Use the one-time donation option and tickets will be available for pick up at the door. Tickets can also be purchased at the shelter during adoption hours from noon to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week at 701 Inla in Yukon, 73099, or by mail, by sending a check along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
For more information, call 405-350-7387.