Humane harvest |

Humane harvest

Austin RichardsonAmanda Matthey and kitten.

Each year, the Eagle Valley Humane Society sponsors its Harvest Party fundraiser to signal the start of the winter season and help out the animals they care for. The funds raised go toward medical expenses, housing, and food for the animals that are abandoned, injured or donated by folks who can’t care for them.

The event, in its ninth year, was held at Mezzaluna in the Lion Square Lodge. Each year, the number of animals in the shelter rises, as does the population in the valley. Currently, around 30 pets await adoption. Nine local restaurants donated specialties to the event, and wine was provided by Churchill Cellars in Wolcott. Grape stomping, of course, was part of the fun.

Currently, the Eagle Valley Humane Society is working out of Wags and Whiskers in Edwards. With some of the money raised, Char Quinn, executive director of the Humane Society, hopes to put some of the money toward a permanent structure to house the animals. Pets available now are being cared for by foster families around the valley. Having a permanent facility would mean “one stop shopping” for those looking for a pet, as well as a place to store items the Humane Society needs to keep its operation running.

For more information on the Eagle Valley Humane Society, visit its Web site at

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