Once again, the local no-kill, animal shelter is again preparing for a fall festival for the community that also serves as a fundraiser to raise the money needed to keep Lee’s Paws & Claws serving the community.
On Saturday, October 15, the shelter will hold their third annual Pet-toberfest event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., providing a variety of events such as a blessing of the animals at 11 a.m., dog agility run demonstrations, a pet costume contest, bake sale, silent auction as well as pet adoptions and micro-chipping. Grand prizes, face-painting, bounce houses and concessions will also be available.
The shelter, located at 721 240th Street, accepts dogs and cats from Bourbon County as well as some from Linn County, providing shelter for them at their current facility that was donated to them, allowing them to be debt-free. But while they own the structure and 20 acres of property, there are still fees to keep the shelter running each year.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” board member Marti Wells-Smith said. “People are really trying to help us keep it going.”
The facility includes a play yard, heating and air, indoor areas for the cats and dogs to play and other amenities and services provided by volunteers and generous donors.
Other fundraisers held during the year included the Dancing with Our Stars and the town-wide garage sale.