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‘No meat balls’ spay-ghetti dinner to benefit spay program

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POLSON — Reducing the number of unwanted pets is the ultimate goal of Mission Valley Animal Shelter’s “Spay-ghetti and No Meat Balls Dinner” set for Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Elks Lodge in Polson. Proceeds will support the shelter’s community spay and neuter assistance program.

The social hour and silent auction bidding begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m., which includes a complimentary glass of house wine or a beer. The silent auction ends at 8 p.m.

Guy Knepp, the newest shelter board member, is busy promoting the event. Knepp joined the board of directors in January for a three-year term after moving to Montana one year ago.

Knepp has had a 22-year career in the high-tech corporate world, 17 years running a Chow Chow rescue, and has been a member of the Professional Groomers Association for 14 years. Knepp’s love of animals led him to own and run a pet styling salon in Washington State, and he became immediately involved with the shelter when his wife and he moved to Ronan in August 2014.

Knepp and his wife are outnumbered by eight dogs in their home: five American Eskimo show dogs, and three rescue dogs.

“This benefit is for the animals,” he said. “It’s important for the spay and neuter program, and will benefit the whole community.”

The shelter, which is a private non-profit, spends thousands of dollars each year to help people who cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets, according to board member Billee Collins. While $40 vouchers are available to offset the cost of the procedure, the shelter often pays the difference charged by local veterinarians.

Organizers are hoping to make the fundraising dinner an annual  event. Doggy banks are also placed in local businesses to make donations a snap.

For more information, call Collins at 406-883-6206.

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