Come enjoy an evening of food, wine, visiting, and help support the county’s no-kill shelter.
By Jan Rahn
Mark the calendar for an upcoming fun and worthwhile event when the Perkins County Animal Shelter hosts their annual wine tasting event.
The public is invited to take part in the fundraiser to be held Saturday, April 26, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Perkins County Fairgrounds on the southwest edge of Grant.
Come enjoy a unique experience that will feature hors d’ oeuvres, wine tasting, beer, a silent auction and a live auction.
The star of the evening chosen as the no-kill shelter’s ambassador is “Casino.”
Casino is a 10-year-old white miniature poodle. He weighs six-and-a-half pounds. According to an employee of the shelter, he would make a good lap dog and he is great with kids, other dogs, and with cats.
Besides featuring one of the pets up for adoption, the event gives the public an opportunity to support the non-profit animal shelter and take part in its cause while eating, visiting and learning about the benefits the shelter provides to southwest Nebraska.
In & Out owner Amy Kroeker has assisted the organizers in selecting and purchasing the five wines that will be featured this year.
There is always an abundant amount of savory appetizers, said one of the organizers, Jorje Geisert, who encourages everyone to take part in the special evening which also features a live auction and silent auction. Burge Auction Service always generously provides their expertise in auctioning off the many items donated for the evening, said Geisert.
Tickets for the evening are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance during regular business hours from the Perkins County Veterinary Hospital located at 68 S. Central Avenue in Grant.
Further information can be obtained by calling Jorje Geisert at 308-289-1193.
How Fundraising Helps
The wine tasting event held annually raises funds that go directly toward housing animals at the Perkins County Animal Shelter.
The costs of sheltering an animal until time for adoption is far more costly than people realize.
The average length of stay for a large dog is four months—unless it is black. Black dogs, especially if large, are the last to leave the shelter, according to Shannon Jensen, DVM. The reality of the sad trend is recognized around the country, she said.
The average length of stay for a cat is 10 months.
What is surprising is the monetary loss suffered by the clinic during the time an animal is sheltered. For example, the shelter loses approximately $23 on a female dog, if there for only one month, with no other treatment. The shelter loses approximately $10 in a month for a male dog who received no other treatment over a one-month period.
In one month, the shelter loses $110 on a female cat and $74 on a male cat that needs no other treatment.
When an animal is surrendered to the shelter, a $35 fee is charged, but is received only about half the time.
When animals are found as strays or they are brought in as a group, the shelter usually does not receive any surrender fee.
To spay a 50-pound female dog is $130. To neuter a male of the same weight is $118, plus nearly $80 in shots, de-wormer, food and cleaning supplies for each animal. In some cases the prices can exceed $40 if a dog needs dental work or a lump removed.
The cost of spaying a female cat is $95. The cost of neutering a male cat is $60 and all of the shots, tests, food and supplies run close to $90.