ValenTAILS event to show puppy — and kitty — love for shelter

DANIELLE CONERY, 8, of Iron Mountain cuddles with Aiden, a 9-month-old male “tuxedo cat” available for adoption, in front of the Valentine’s Day tree at the The Almost Home Animal Shelter. The shelter has its ValenTAILS fundraising event Saturday at Oak Crest Golf Course. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s all about the love of whiskers and wags at ValenTAILS on Saturday.

The Almost Home Animal Shelter will host its annual fundraiser from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway.

“The event is a reinvention of our Cause For Paws, an annual February fundraiser,” said April Kreyer, shelter volunteer and fundraising committee member.

Activities of the evening includes dinner, drawings and auctions.

But the committee has some fun new additions this year. “We wanted to change things up and keep everyone entertained,” Kreyer said.

Up for bids during the live auction will be a Party Animal Wheelbarrow, “filled with alcohol beverages, from wine to a large assortment of liquors,” Kreyer said. “We are hoping for a bidding war on this one.”

Several unique silent auction items have been donated and hopes to draw bidders’ interest as well.

A couple of the large ticket items are a men’s theme basket valued at $250 and a women’s basket valued at $300.

As in the past, they will conduct a cash drawing with prizes totaling $1,000, with first of $500. Drawing tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Animal Shelter. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, she said.

The fundraiser will provide good exposure to many area business as well, Kreyer noted, as they will give out 90 local gift certificates as door prizes.

“After winning a certificate myself after we first moved here four years ago, this brought me to a business I was unfamiliar with,” she said. “This helps brings in new customers to their stores.”

Only a limit number of dinner tickets will be available at the shelter. Event dinner tickets cost $30. Anyone interested in attending should call the shelter at 906-774-1005 as soon as possible, as they can’t guarantee they will have any available the night of the event.

“We are expecting an awesome turnout,” Kreyer said. “For a small community, we fill the place up – this is the third year in a row we will sell out.”

“We want to acknowledge our Big Woof and Cat’s Meow sponsors, Pawsitive Partners and all those who have made cash or in kind donations,” she said. “Every donation is greatly appreciated here at the shelter.”

Shelter Big Woof sponsors — those donating $1,000 — are Nelson Paint Co., Iron Mountain Animal Hospital, and First Bank. Cat’s Meow sponsors donating $500 are Niagara Animal Hospital, LaFaive Oil Co., Sagola Hardwoods, Minerick Logging, Orbit Technology, and mBank.

“Everyone always has a good time,” she added. “And at the same time supporting a worthwhile cause.”