WARSAW — This is the 10th year for the annual event to help the Pets of the AWL. This year even more exciting things will be happening for the enjoyment of those attending.
The Event will be held at the Warsaw Toyota dealership where 3 rooms are turned over to the AWL to turn into a festive and fun event. Visitors enter and get a free ticket for a drawing to win some nice door prizes, They can then wander through the shelter dogs and cats on display who will be vying for a $1 vote and a blue ribbon, after which guests can go through the vendor area where they may browse through a number of pet-friendly vendors and businesses before entering the main room that houses the appetizer bar, the band with great music and the exciting silent auction.
This year’s silent auction has a tremendous selection of things from vacation weekends to antique clocks, to care packages from Vein Institute and Vera Bradley suitcases from the Hallmark Party shop plus other wonderful patron businesses of our area.
Time is spent enjoying food and music and outbidding each other on treasures in that auction before the program begins in the main room. This year the Warsaw and Winona Lake Police Departments will have a program with a demonstration by their special K9 Patrol dogs including the notorious and well-liked “Bubka.” A guest speaker will share the story of how his dog has saved his life, and an update on the new building progress will be available.
Next, the the people in attendance will get the thrill of bidding on several extremely nice live auction items including a six day vacation for three couples or six people to the Miller estate on Marco Island Florida which includes a meal and a cruise on their private yacht. Another item is for Field Level Suite tickets to a Colt’s game, another item will be custom made Adirondack chairs and table set for your patio or lawn. Other items will round out this fabulous evening.
Executive Director, Darla McCammon encourages everyone to visit and participate this year. “It has been a struggle for our shelter this year with what seems like everyone in Indiana dropping off their unwanted cats to our shelter! They seem to know we do not normally turn anyone away and try to help all pets, but we are having a difficult time with this overpopulation of cats issue. In addition, we are trying to obtain enough funds to proceed with our building project, so we really need our community to get behind us and help us this year more than ever before.”