Humane Society hosts harvest party |

Humane Society hosts harvest party

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope
Staci Kalet, Mindy Feldman and Margaret Szindler with Gourmet Cowboy's Chocolate Fountain

The Harvest Party seems to be the event that signals the change of seasons. The weather this year was balmy compared to last year’s chilling dampness, but no matter the temperature, the event is always a sell out. Beaver Liquors hosts the event, which brings together wine distributors, local restaurants, a silent auction and the ever popular grape stomping hosted by Churchill Wine Cellars.

It’s the fifth year of a party that raises money for the Eagle Valley Humane Society. The money raised assists in covering operating and other expenses to keep the Humane Society up and running. The Harvest Party raised over $10,000 last year. The Eagle Valley Humane Society was established in 1976 and is located in the Eagle County Animal Control & Shelter in Eagle. For several years, the shelter and the Humane Society have tried to maintain a high adoption rate and prevent overpopulation. The Humane Society also offers many programs to the community, including spay and neuter assistance for people who can’t afford the procedure for their pets; volunteers who plays with the cats and dogs in the shelter; foster care for animals; pet Adopt-A-Thons to find new owners for the shelter’s animals; and “bite prevention” classes that teach children about treating animals humanely and avoiding inappropriate contact.The Humane Society operates solely on donations, grants and fund-raisers.”It’s great that the restaurants, distributors and donors come together to create this event,” said Humane Society director Char Newman. “It’s amazing how people come out to support our non-profits. I’d like to especially thank Beaver Liquors and their generosity.”

Michelle and David Courtney and Rick and Patty Cuny of Beaver Liquors always ensure the guests are enjoying themselves at the event. Next year the event will move to Donovan Pavilion to save on overhead.Amy Chesterton volunteers by walking the dogs at the Humane Society. “It makes me feel sad they don’t have a home,” she said. Chesterton does more than her part, however – she’s fostered two dogs and adopted one. Fostering a pet means taking in an injured or otherwise unsuitable pet and preparing them for adoption. Foster homes are always in need, whether for a litter needing bottle feeding, scared animals needing some special one on one care or an animal recovering from an injury. Upcoming events for the Eagle Valley Humane Society include the Dog Rodeo, held at the Shelter in Eagle on October 10 with contests, tricks and lots of fun for your pets; and the annual Martini Ball, Nov. 6, at Sanctuary in Vail.

==========================================To Learn MoreFor more information on the Eagle Valley Humane Society, visit their Web site at or call 328-PETS.==========================================

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