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Wine event to help homeless pets

Local animal lovers plan on doing a lot of “wining” to get help for shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Lakes.

Volunteers with the shelter are holding their first ever Wine Tasting Event, set for Thursday, Oct. 17, at The Fireside in Detroit Lakes.

The inaugural event is designed to turn a love of everything wine into a love of dogs and cats without homes, as the shelter continues to operate solely off community donations.

“We were looking for a fun event that we could throw because there is such a gap in our fundraising events, Tuxes and Tails and Shelter Fest,” said co-chair of this event, Beth Pridday. “And we thought with something like this we’d be able to reach out to a different donor base — people who might not have thought to donate to the humane society before.”

Pridday says wine tasting events at The Fireside are always popular, and expects this one to be no different.

“We’ll have 15 different stations and appetizers and a few other things; we have 48 glasses for sale that were designed, decorated, painted, or mosaic, so you can either purchase it and drink from it there or just take it home, but they’re just beautiful, interesting glasses.”

There will also be a small, silent auction and items for sale that are wine-themed.

“We’ll have a few wine accessories for sale, cork stoppers, wine baskets…” said Pridday, who says one of the wine vendors will be providing a short, educational presentation on wine as well.

“I think people are more interested in food and wine in general,” she said. “It’s a nice, casual, social outing that’s not a big time obligation because it’s only from 4 to 7 p.m. It’s not a sit-down, formal dinner where you have to be there the whole time.”

Pridday says it’s fundraisers like this that help sustain the shelter, which will soon be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“We’re really excited about that because we started out 25 years ago really a grassroots organization of just a few people who would care for some of the animals,” said Pridday, who says it then expanded to foster homes and kennels  and finally to the building of the shelter seven years ago.

“So it’s been exciting to see the evolution of the organization, and how we’ve been able to evolve with it and provide more services for the animals such as immunizations and spading and neutering,” said Pridday.

According to Cassandra Disse, who runs the operations of the Humane Society of the Lakes, donations continue to be much needed, as the shelter is currently full to capacity with homeless animals and has a waiting list.

“We only have room for 25 cats and 25 dogs,” said Disse, who says they currently have 46 animals on site and nine others in foster care.

“Which is another thing we really could use more of — foster care homes,” said Disse, who says they often get animals that need extra TLC due to pregnancy or illness.

The list of needs, though, even exceeds the number of animals on the shelter’s wait list, as Disse says there is a big need for kitty and puppy food, kitty litter, cleaning supplies and specialty items.

She hopes the wine event will bring in enough to help address some of those needs as they continue helping strays and surrenders get healthy and ready to go for adoption.

Tickets for the event are $40, and with that comes the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to The Fireside and access to future wine tasting events there.

Tickets can be purchased at the Humane Society of the Lakes, by calling Beth Pridday at 701-306-5438, or they may possibly still be available at the door if they are not sold out.

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