Raining Cats & Dogs, the fourth annual benefit auction hosted by the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF), took place recently, and all of us at the organization are humbled and amazed by the outpouring of support from our donors. A total of more than $159,000 was raised that night—a record-setting amount for the event! Proceeds will go towards an end-of-year grant to help the animals and programs of the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Thanks to our community rallying together, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be breaking ground on major capital improvements to sustain a better life for all the animals at SAS. This includes the successful completion of a two-year funding commitment for an extensive remodel of the Shelter’s cat and critter areas, which will allow for more flexible space for these animals.

A magical evening

Held for the first time at the beautiful Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the Seattle waterfront, the event attracted 250 animal lovers for an evening of an evening of fantastic food, sparkling conversation, and awe-inspiring generosity.

Guests first bid on a wide variety of silent auction items representing the best of Seattle. Then Emcee Jodi Brothers and auctioneer Mark Schenfeld kicked off the live auction, where bidding was fast and furious on a collection of spectacular, unique experiences, including ride-alongs with the Seattle Police Canine Unit, a private tour of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, and the opportunity to have a pet photographed for the SASF 2015 wall calendar (available now for purchase!).

New room, new beginnings for Shelter animals

In the most exciting development of the evening, SASF Board President Ivy Cunningham announced a wonderful opportunity for our donors to fund a first-of-its-kind project: the Seattle Animal Shelter Meet & Greet Room. This new room will be accessible to all dogs, cats and critters at the Shelter, giving them a private, quiet and comfortable space in which to get to know their new, loving families. It’s an initiative that will help to further the Shelter’s position as a leader in animal welfare.

True to their benevolent spirit, our community answered the call, fully funding the project! Stay tuned for updates on the construction and opening of the Meet & Greet Room.

On behalf of Seattle’s animals, a heartfelt thank you to the individuals and companies that donated auction items, the guests who gave so freely, the Auction Challenge donors, the local sponsors, the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and our fantastic organizing committee for making all of this possible.

Enjoy some of the images from this special night.

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