By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Tails will be wagging as thousands of homeless pets will benefit from funds raised during Pets and People Humane Society’s 14th Annual Charity Auction on Saturday, November 21.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel, 401 S. Meridian and I-40 in 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, toolboxes, battery chargers, novelty items, autographed sports items, designer purses, time shares, basketball and other event tickets, restaurant certificates, a wine pull, dog and cat themed baskets and much more,” Bauer said. “We will also feature a gently used car donated by Frontier Chevrolet.”
Yukon-based Pets and People has rescued more than 48,000 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 founded in 1990 by Pam Wright, Mel Berger, Donelda Wheatley and Jody Harlan, as a pet therapy program where volunteers visited nursing centers in Yukon.
The organization later expanded into a full service humane society, which rescues dog and cats from nearby area animal shelters.
Since it’s beginning, Pets and People has 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.
Adoption fees are $100 for all dogs and $80 for cats and kittens. The adoption rates include medical services, including vet exams, spaying or neutering, medical testing, treatment and appropriate shots.
Working with Pets and People since 1997, Bauer added, “The dinner is being catered by the Biltmore and has a Mexican theme. 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.”
Tickets are $25 if purchased at the shelter, 701 Inla Avenue, Yukon, 73099, by November 15. Beginning November 16, tickets cost $30 and will also be available at the door on event night.
Tickets include entry to the auction, a buffet dinner and ice tea or coffee. A cash bar will be available.
Pets and People is in need of funds to help support their annual auction. Recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable organization, donations are tax deductible.
For more information about the Pets and People Charity Auction, or to learn more, call 405-350-7387 or visit www.petsandpeople.com.