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News from Mission Valley Animal Shelter

POLSON – The Mission Valley Animal Shelter is hosting a benefit to raise funds for its Community Spay/Neuter Program on Thursday, July 21, at the Elks Lodge, the facility host, in Polson from 5-8 p.m. Sponsors for the event are Anderson Radio Broadcasting, Country Pasta and Super 1 Foods.

The second annual Spay-ghetti Dinner benefit kicks off at 5 pm with a social hour and bidding on silent auction items. Dinner is at 6 pm and winners of the silent auction items will be announced at 7:30 p.m. The dinner includes a free beer or glass of house wine.

“MVAS expects to provide in excess of $35,000 during 2016 to assist with the spay/neuter of dogs and cats in our community,” said Sharon Hawke, MVAS Vice-President.

“During 2015, we helped approximately 500 pet owners with spay/neuter assistance, thereby preventing thousands of animals from being born and euthanized because of pet overpopulation and lack of sufficient homes.”

Hawke said the animal shelter experiences dramatic increases in requests each year for spay/neuter assistance.

“Our funds are limited so we hold the Spay-ghetti fundraiser in order to continue to help people in our community who are trying to be responsible pet owners,” Hawke added.

The shelter’s community assistance program requires a moderate co-pay for the spay/neuter of a companion dog or cat and the shelter pays the veterinary bill.

According to Hawke, statistics distributed by animal welfare organizations show that by spaying and neutering just one male and one female dog, more than 2,000 unwanted dogs can be prevented in just four years – and more than 67,000 in six years. By spaying and neutering one male and one female cat, more than 2,000 unwanted cats can be prevented in just four years – and more than two million in 8 years.

“There are just not enough homes for all of these dogs and cats and to end the tragedy of pet overpopulation, which is part of the animal shelter’s mission, and we urge all pet owners to spay and neuter their dogs and cats,” Hawke said. “We see too many unwanted litters surrendered each year and there is a solution and we are there to help.”

Tickets for the event are $15 per person, or 2 for $25, and $8 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available in Polson at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter on North Reservoir Road, Seconds 2 Go Thrift & Gifts next to Mc- Donald’s, the Elks Lodge and Crow’s Nest Gallery. Tickets may also be available at the door, subject to availability.

Mission Valley Animal Shelter is a privately-funded animal shelter for dogs and cats. It has been in continuous operation since 1992. Its annual budget is approximately $350,000, all of which must be raised through donations, fundraising events and operations, since it receives no governmental funding of any kind. MVAS also operates a thrift store, Seconds 2 Go, in Polson to provide funds for its animal shelter operations. For more information, visit the Shelter’s Facebook page at Mission Valley Animal Shelter.

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