WV Mountaineer Tail-waggin’ Tailgate Party full of paws-itivity
PARKERSBURG — The ninth annual WV Mountaineer Tail-waggin’ Tailgate Party fundraiser for the Humane Society of Parkersburg saw great success Saturday at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna.
The tailgate offered food, drinks, a live and silent auction, raffle prizes and music.
The 2019 tailgate is the final one to support the PAWS Project, which according to Karen Katchur, President of the Humane Society Board, should be finished in November.
Katchur said ground was broken in July for the project. This was the second time construction had started on the shelter addition. After a groundbreaking in November 2018, it was determined the ground, behind the shelter was too wet to support a building.
“The PAWS Project is bringing renovations and additions to the animal shelter,” Katchur said, adding the organization has been raising money for six years for these improvements.
The addition will provide for a new area to house cats. Cats are now housed with small dogs in the shelter. More kennel space will be created and the animal adoption and intake areas for the public will be separated.
SPOT Committee member Jon Six said the renovations and extra 2,500 square feet will turn the shelter into a better habitat for the animals there.
“The building is over 60 years old, upgrades were needed,” Six said.
Six said the shelter does well with donations of all kinds, and he is thankful for the community support they get each year.
“If you put the need out there, you find a lot of people want to help,” he said.
There were over 100 guests arriving throughout the evening to enjoy the event and donate to the cause.
“This is a great fundraiser. It is well put together, a lot of fun and for a good cause,” said Marcia Cyran, of Parkersburg.
Cyran said she and a group of friends were there together.
“Our area has so many good events to go out and spend time together while helping local non-profits and stores,” she said.
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