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Harvest Party benefits Vail Valley animals

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VAIL, Colorado Humans who munch on pumpkin cheesecake or artichoke crostini at Vail’s Lion Square Lodge Saturday night will help to feed needy animals.Proceeds from the ninth annual Harvest Party will flow to the Eagle Valley Humane Society.Money will fund things like kitten formula and dog food, along with medical care for a record number of homeless critters.The Humane Society has taken in 210 animals so far this year, 60 more than last year, society director Char Quinn said. Presently, 29 cats and one dog are in foster care, awaiting adoption.A lot of people seem to be giving up their pets because theyre moving, Quinn said.

The Harvest Party features food from nine local restaurants, along with wines from the Churchill Wine Cellars in Wolcott.The cellar also will donate 300 pounds of grapes for stomping.Everybody loves to do the Lucy, cellar owner Patrick Chirichillo said, referring to the iconic I Love Lucy grape-stomping episode.Along with food, the party features a silent auction. An art collection from an anonymous local donor will be up for bid. Party-goers can also listen to jazz/funk music from local musicians Tony Gulizia and Dave Laub, or enter a raffle to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Beaver Liquors in Avon.

Quinn said she expects to sell all 350 tickets to the party. She hopes to raise $20,000, which is $4,000 more than last year.Part of the money could flow to a permanent home for the Humane Society, Quinn said. The society has been operating out of the Wags and Whiskers pet store in Edwards since it parted ways with the Eagle County Animal Shelter in May.With a permanent facility, the humane society would have room for things like files, feral cat traps and crates that have been holed up in an Eagle storage facility, she said. The humane society also could streamline the adoption process, Quinn said. Instead of sending people who are looking for a pet to a variety of foster homes to peruse the animals, foster families could drop off the animals at the Humane Society facilities during set adoption hours.I think it would make the adoptions happen faster, Quinn said.High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.


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