Warm Hearts Humane Society fundraiser returns Saturday

Warm Hearts Humane SocietyMOUNT IDA – After a three-year hiatus, Warm Hearts Humane Society will host its largest fundraiser of the year this Saturday, March 25 at the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department. The fish fry begins at 4:00 pm, and the cost is $10/adult and $5/children under 12.
The dinner includes fried catfish, hush puppies, cole slaw, fries, a drink, and dessert. Take away containers will be available also.
In addition to the fish fry, folks will be able to participate in Live and Silent Auctions featuring lots of pet and lake-friendly items for bid. The Silent Auction will end at 5:00 pm, and the Live Auction will begin around 5:15 pm.
“We are so excited about the fish fry this year! We have not held this event since the pandemic, and are so ready to reconnect with our community supporters and friends,” Warm Hearts president Mary Schinbeckler said.
Top live auction items are a Titan 18K yellow gold, .27k diamond bracelet valued at $3,500.00 and donated by Sissy’s Log Cabin. And for the fifth year in a row, artist Holly Tilley of Little Rock, AR, will be painting “live” from a Lake Ouachita scenic photo submitted by a Lake Ouachita fan. Her work will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the conclusion of the fish fry.
Other live auction items include a queen-size quilt, a custom pet portrait by area artist and Warm Hearts volunteer Sharon Dumas, an assortment of outdoor and resort certificates, and highly-coveted cakes and pies.
Silent Auction items include home accessory items, gift certificates for food and services, and other novelty items. There will also be a few hand-loomed items by Dr. Barbara Page available for bid.
All funds raised from this event directly benefit the lost and abandoned animals of Montgomery County as well as pet-owners in our local area.
Since our last fish fry in 2019, Warm Hearts has relied on generous donations from our local community. “Unfortunately, the needs of our four-legged Montgomery County residents did not stop during the pandemic, and this fish fry is our primary fundraiser each year,” Schinbeckler said.
Over the last three years, Warm Hearts has continued to rescue dogs and cats in the Montgomery County area and sponsored two Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinics each of the last three years for residents of Montgomery County. In addition, Warm Hearts has assisted with two feral cat colonies in Montgomery County communities with TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs.
“Through these programs and our low-cost voucher program, over 200 dogs and cats have been altered per year, and these pets will not contribute to pet over-population in our county. Also, at least 100 abandoned pets each year are placed in their forever homes through our foster rescue program,” Schinbeckler explained.
As a new initiative this year, Warm Hearts is also providing dog and cat food to the Montgomery County Food Pantry and its clients.
While this event is the main source of funding for these clinics and community initiatives, monies raised will also support the Pat Paradies Emergency Animal Fund and vet-care for adoptable animals in Warm Hearts foster care.
Warm Hearts Humane Society is a 501c.3 non-profit organization and depends on support from the local community to continue its mission to help the lost and abandoned animals of Montgomery County.

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