The fifth annual Raining Cats & Dogs auction took place on October 10th at the beautiful Bell Harbor International Conference Center, located on the Seattle waterfront. True to the event name, the day’s weather was stormy. However, the clouds dispersed and the rain showers slowed just in time for the doors to open at 5:00. As in years past, guests opened their hearts and wallets to raise a record-setting amount for Seattle’s animals. Over $206,000 was donated by our generous community of supporters. Proceeds will go towards grants that benefit the animals and programs of the Seattle Animal Shelter.

An enchanting evening

To kick off the night, guests were able to bid on an extensive amount of silent auction items where nearly $20,000 was raised. Guests spent time at the ever-popular (and cute!) Kitten Tent, getting their photos taken on the red carpet and tossing rings for coveted bottles of wine. The Heads-or-Tails raffle was won by Ryan Hester who graciously donated his $730 winnings back to the shelter.

Emcee Tracy Taylor and auctioneer Mark Schenfeld provided a fun and exciting atmosphere for the live auction portion of the evening. Taylor, entertaining and gracious, clearly has a passion for animal welfare. Schenfeld brought the best out of the generous crowd of SASF supporters. Guests bid on items such as exclusive Seahawks tickets, Your Pet featured in the SASF 2016 calendar and a VIP dinner for six at Canlis. A highlight of the evening for many was mingling with Officer Wong and his Canine Partner, Officer Ziva. The two winning bids for the Seattle Police Department Canine Unit Ride Along tied the Officers’ auction record at $5,000 each! Guests dashed for desserts, raising over $11,000 to win first choice of the beautiful spread of sweets.

Raising paddles for life-saving improvements

The most thrilling part of the evening took place during SASF Board President Julie Pitt’s announcement for the opportunity to take part in helping to create the first Veterinary Exam Room at the Shelter. The room will provide a much-needed space for a shelter Veterinarian to give necessary medical care to animals in need. Onsite and immediate care for shelter animals is crucial in providing the highest level of service for both homeless and fostered animals. For the first time, the new exam room will allow the shelter veterinarian to examine all incoming animals, diagnose and treat certain medical conditions, and provide treatment to foster care animals. The ambitious goal of $65,000 was surpassed by our extremely generous community of donors. Guests raised their paddles to contribute over $71,000, fully funding everything needed for the room, equipment and one year of operations.

On behalf of Seattle’s animals, we would like to express our profound gratitude to everyone that made this evening a huge success. Thank you to everyone that donated auction items, the local sponsors, the devoted volunteers and of course the guests who gave so generously. We could not have done it without you.

For those who weren’t able to attend this fabulous night, there’s still time to show your support for Seattle’s animals. Click here for more information.

Check out a few images from this wonderful night:

a (2)

a1 (1)

a2

a1

a3

a4

a5

a9

a6

a7