The BC SPCA Nelson branch will be held on November 25.

The BC SPCA Nelson branch will be held on November 25.

Pet-perfect excuse for a party in Nelson

On November 25, the Nelson branch of the BC SPCA will be holding its fourth annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls fundraising dinner

On November 25, the Nelson branch of the BC SPCA will be holding its fourth annual Spay-ghetti and No Balls fundraising dinner in the Hume Room of the Hume Hotel.

In addition to a delicious spaghetti, chicken and salad dinner, guests will be treated to entertainment from local musicians, Aryn Sheriff, Bill Lynch and Jesse Lee. The meat is locally and ethically raised and tasty vegetarian options will also be available.

Guests are encouraged to come early to bid on some wonderful silent auction and raffle prizes.

“The support from the local business community has been incredible,” says Rob Andrew, the Nelson branch manager. “We just need the public to come through with showing up for the event.”

Among the prizes available will be the first two tickets to Shambhala 2013, a $500 All Play doggy day care package, a tour of the BC SPCA’s wild animal rehabilitation facility and multiple spa and bed and breakfast packages. There will also be many smaller items that will be perfect Christmas gifts.

The dinner was originally conceived in 2009 to jumpstart the branch’s low-income spay/neuter program, catnsip/dogsnip. That program is well underway and a big success, but the branch still needs help to maintain it and to pay for their ever-rising spay and neuter bill.

“We spend over $30,000 a year on spay and neuter expenses,” says Andrew. “In addition to controlling pet overpopulation, spaying and neutering can help solve certain health and behavioural problems which makes pets less adoptable.”

The Nelson adoption centre not only adopts animals to loving homes, it creatse a compassionate community in many different ways. Through the centre, staff provide humane education programs such as  summer camps and school visits, reunite lost pets back to their homes, provide low income spay/neuters, and respond to cruelty complaints to make sure that all animals have a voice.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails, entertainment and the silent auction, while dinner begins at 7 p.m. The dress code is casual and there is a cash bar. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at either the Hume Hotel, Selkirk Vet, or at the Nelson adoption centre (520-C Falls Street) above the Savoy bowling lanes. For further information, contact the Nelson BC SPCA at 250-352-7178.