PAWS event aims to raise money for no-kill shelter

Josh Harville jharville@empiretribune.com
PAWS volunteer Lisa Pendleton and her daughter Chandler adopted Willow through PAWS as a Christmas gift for Chandler's grandfather.

The local organization Pets Are Worth Saving, PAWS, is hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at The N at Hardway Ranch.

“We’re going to have “yappy” hour at 6 p.m. where we’ll have wine and beverages and a Hard 8 BBQ dinner,” said Lori Lesley, vice president of PAWS.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Corporate tables are also available for purchase to help the PAWS cause.

“We want everybody to be able to come and if they donate great, but if not, we hope they walk away with some extra knowledge,” Lesley said.

After dinner an auction will take place featuring several unique items.

“One of the neat things we have to auction is an evening with Tommy Alverson. He has donated an acoustic show for a private party or gathering that is a 90-minute set,” Lesley said. “Another thing that we have to auction is a package that includes a Sand KitchenAid mixer and it comes with accessories like spatulas, cookbooks and aprons. Also a cookie decorating class for six people by Sugar Mommas Couture Confections in Stephenville."

The event is expected to be a success and a good time.

“I think it’s going to be great,” Lesley said. “It’s going to be very well received. We’ve got a lot of support in Erath County that’s helping us do great things with animals. We’re really excited about this fundraiser. We hope there’s a lot that come out and - oh my gosh - who would want to miss a dinner from Hard 8 BBQ?”

The PAWS organization is hosting the event to raise funds for a no-kill facility.

“The ultimate big picture is to build a no-kill facility that offers educational services, obedience training, grooming and some medical care for pets. We’re hoping to be able to house several unwanted stray and abandoned animals until they find their forever homes,” Lesley said. “We want to be an asset to the community by educating the community about animals, how to treat them and how to get the most out of your pet. This is a huge goal for us.”