Opportunities abound to help injured and abused animals
By Katie Pemberton
This fall brings with it many fun and fabulous ways to support the injured and abused pets at the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County (HSMSC). Whether you are into the live music scene, love to get glammed up for a fabulous fête, or are looking for any excuse to strap on your running shoes, there are several ways you can help the animals of HSMSC in October.
First, the Humane Society celebrates its flagship fundraiser – Paw Prints 2011 – on Saturday, October 1, from 7 to 11pm at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Revelers will be treated to light hors d’oeuvres and dinner, as well as two complimentary drinks, while grooving to the live classical, jazz, and soul tunes of Kallen Esperian, Lily Afshar, and Susan Marshall.
“We are so excited about our musicians this year,” Todd Stricklin, vice president of development at HSMSC, raves. “We’re overhauling this entire event from years past, and I think guests are going to really be wowed, not to mention moved by our mission this year.”
One-of-a-kind works of art, in addition to many other spectacular gift items, will tempt guests at the silent and live auctions. Paw Prints 2011 tickets are $100 per person/$150 per couple in advance, or $100 per person/$200 per couple at the door.
Then, just in time for perfect fall weather, we’ll leash up our most athletic, adoptable dogs for The Fast & the Furriest 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 15 at 9am. Registration for the 5K is available online, and you can register for just $16 if you do so online before October 14 or mail it in by October 12. Day-of registration will be $20, and a family of two adults and two children under 16 can register for $45. And of course, well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome and walk/run for free!
“We do expect to have some serious runners and racers, so for their benefit, we ask that all dogs and their human leash-anchors bring up the rear of the race,” Stricklin added. “I’m sure we’ve all hit the concrete once or twice in our lives because our dog wanted to smell something off to the side!”
The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has worked in the Memphis community since 1933 to give injured and abused dogs and cats a second chance at life. The organization provides a safe place to recover, nutritious food, and outstanding veterinary care for an average of 300 animals at a time. HSMSC staff and volunteers provide training, affection, and socialization to the animals in their care to help them be adopted successfully into new and loving homes. HSMSC’s funding comes exclusively from private donations.
For more information about the Humane Society or any of the fall events, go to memphishumane.org, call 901-937-3900, or visit the facility at 935 Farm Road.