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Friends of the Shelter Winter Warmer

Friends of the Shelter Winter Warmer

Saturday, Feb. 27, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 5:00 - 9:30 pm

If you have not had the pleasure of stopping by the Tobacco Valley Animal Shelter to sit in the cat room playing with those cute kittens or taking one of the dogs for a walk, you are missing out. This is definitely an activity that will make you feel good, very good. And it is available to you every day of the year except Sundays from 1:00 - 4:00pm.

All you need to do it stop by the shelter which is north of town on Highway 93. Another activity that will make you feel good but is only available once a year is the Tobacco Valley Animal Shelter's Winter Warmer, an annual dinner and auction that raises funds to support the shelter. This year the Winter Warmer is on February 27. Doors open at 4:00pm and dinner starts at 5:30pm. Its the sixteenth year that the Friends of the Shelter have been hosting this great event and it has a strong following. This means that there will be quite a crowd attending the Warmer out at the Fairgrounds and there will also be great auction items as well as a 50/50 raffle. The funds raised at the Winter Warmer help cover some of the costs of running the shelter. It takes a lot to maintain a shelter of this quality. Our community is very fortunate to have the Tobacco Valley Animal Shelter and its great cadre of volunteers. Not only do they provide adoption services for dogs and cats, they arrange for foster care and accept strays that the county's Animal Control picks up. There are also low cost spay/neuter options for pet owners. And of course they also offer quality care for the animals that stay at the shelter. So think about stopping there some afternoon to enjoy the cats or stretch you legs taking a dog for a walk. And don't miss this year's Winter Warmer.

Rita Collins

About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.

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