By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Tails will be wagging as thousands of homeless pets will benefit from donations raised during the 15th annual Pets & People Humane Society’s Charity Auction. The event themed “There Is No Place Like Home” will be held on Saturday, November 5 at the Yukon Event Center, 10 West Main. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Charity Auction tickets are $25. After October 28, the price is $30. Tickets include a dinner buffet and refreshments. A cash bar will be available.
Since 1992, the volunteer organization, based in Yukon has rescued more than 48,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that were scheduled for euthanasia.
Organizers are asking the public for donations of items and services to fill rows of auction tables at the event. Donations can be dropped off daily at the shelter or the thrift store (Tues – Sat). Gift certificates are cheerfully accepted, organizers added.
”As always, donations are tax deductible, and each person donating will receive recognition for his or her donation,” said auction volunteer, Karen Terry. “And we will even be glad to pick it up!”
This year event table sponsorships are available for $225 until October 21, which include eight reserved seats and signs honoring a special pet or person. Sponsors can also purchase two reserved seats with accompanying honor signs for $75.
The annual auction helps to fund medical treatments for pets that need to be spayed or neutered, which reduces the number of strays and unwanted animals in a community.
“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.” Bauer added. “We will have jewelry, artwork, household items, tools, novelty items, wine baskets, and much more.
According to Bauer the auction will also feature two previously owned cars, including a 2001 Ford Explorer.
“Last year’s auction was very successful, but we need to double the proceeds this year because of increasing demand,” said Bauer, who has been with the group since 1997.
“We will have smaller items to be raffled as well as mystery grab bags,” Bauer added. “There is something for everyone.”
Pets & People was founded in 1990 by Pam Wright, Mel Berger, Donelda Wheatley and Jody Harlan. The volunteer group began working as a pet therapy program by visiting nursing centers in Yukon.
The organization later expanded into a full service humane society, rescuing dog and cats from area animal shelters.
To support the shelter’s rescued pets, Pets & People added a foster home program, community projects, and school education programs emphasizing the importance of spaying and neutering animals.
A thrift store at 322 Elm Avenue in Yukon also benefits Pets & People. Store hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays by appointment. Call 405-350-3199 for details.
Pets and People’s adoption donations are $120 for dogs and $80 for cats. The adoption fees include spaying or neutering, rabies certification and tags, microchipping and worming. This month’s special is $60 for dogs over 50 pounds.
“All of our pets are vaccinated, wormed, tested for disease, spayed or neutered and given preventative medications such as heartworm and flea and tick if necessary,” Bauer said.
“We house these pets at our shelter or in foster homes until forever, responsible homes are found.”
Recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization Pets and People also welcomes tax deductible cash donations.
“We do not have any federal, state, or local funding, but rely on adoption fees and the generosity of our wonderful supporters to carry out our mission,” Bauer said.
Visit www.petsandpeople.com to purchase tickets online, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Pets and People Humane Society, P. O. Box 850587, Yukon, OK, 73085-0587.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Yukon Animal Shelter during Pets and People adoption hours from noon to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week at 701 Inla in Yukon. The shelter is located two blocks north of Route 66 and one block west.