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SPCA hosts annual fundraiser

Sixth annual Spayghetti and No Balls event takes place on Saturday, November 8.

On Saturday, November 8, the Nelson branch of the BC SPCA will be holding its sixth annual Spayghetti and No Balls Gala fundraising dinner at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus of Selkirk College.

In addition to a gourmet three course served meal with local cruelty-free meat and vegetarian options, guests will be treated to some fantastic live music and complimentary appetizers.

Guests are encouraged to come early to bid on some wonderful silent auction and live auction items.

“There are items of all sizes so you could easily do all of your Christmas shopping at the event,” said Rob Andrew, the Nelson branch manager.

Among the prizes available will be a kayak, a wine tour experience, electronic items, a Tofino getaway, and multiple spa and bed and breakfast packages. There will also be many gift certificates and smaller items for the budget conscious.

The dinner was originally conceived in 2009 to jumpstart the branch’s low-income spay/neuter program, Catsnip/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 spent over $40,000 on spay and neuter expenses last year,” said 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, they create a compassionate community in many different ways.

Through the centre, they provide humane education programs such as a 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 5:30 p.m. for cocktails, appetizers, and the silent auction, while dinner begins at 7 p.m.

The dress code is casual and there is a cash bar. Tickets are $50 each (including a $25 tax-deductible receipt), with large discounts and complimentary wine for those buying entire tables of eight seats, and can be purchased at Scotiabank, ROAM, Central Bark or at the Nelson Adoption Centre, located at 520-C Falls Street, off Baker and above the Savoy Bowling Lanes.

For further information, please contact the Nelson BC SPCA at 250-352-7178.

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