More than 230 of Seattle’s animal lovers came out on October 8th to support the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation at the Sixth Annual Raining Cats & Dogs gala auction.  Thanks to the generosity and support of this vital community, $161,000 was raised throughout the evening with $41,000 of that earmarked for the Fund-A-Need which will support quality of life improvements at the shelter, community assistance programs and new pilot projects developed by shelter staff and volunteers.

The evening kicked off with three silent auction collections, the wine ring toss and the popular kitten and bunny tents where guests got to mingle with little future adoptables from the Seattle Animal Shelter foster program.

Auctioneer Mark Schenfeld and emcee Tracy Taylor from KING-5 guided the evening and kept energy high as bid cards were raised around the room for 18 live auction items including a 5 night stay in Taos, New Mexico, dog party catering for 50 from the Barkery, and a Canlis dinner for six along with the cover and 12 months of the 2017 SASF Calendar. 

“We had a great time and are looking forward to Filou’s debut as the 2017 cover boy,” said Wendy Adler-Goisser.  She and husband Gerhard wanted to make a meaningful contribution to the evening and honor their 9-year old boxer who lost his brother Brutus late last year, so they chose to bid on the calendar cover. “Filou considers this his Sports Illustrated cover moment and is looking forward to his photo-shoot.

Another special point of the auction was the Fund-A-Need: Behavioral Assessment Program for animals at the Seattle Animal Shelter.  Following an emotional video featuring stories of SAS animals, paddles raised from $75-$2000 to raise funds to create a world-class program to align with the shelter’s other progressive and forward thinking animal welfare efforts. Dr. James C. Ha, a leading certified applied animal behaviorist, is serving as consultant for this initiative and the SASF board looks forward to sharing future stories when this work gets underway.

This evening is only possible through the dedication of our volunteers, sponsors, auction item donors and loyal supporters who are committed to Seattle’s shelter animals, said Megan Bhattacharrya, SASF vice president and 2016 Auction Chair.  Last year, we were able to focus on animal health with the creation of the veterinary exam room and this year, we’ll expand to support dogs, cats and critters’ emotional well-being and comfort while in the shelter environment as they prepare to find their forever homes.  On behalf of  SASF, we send heartfelt thanks for the philanthropic spirit and contributions that this evening such a success.

We look forward to seeing you next year! Check out our Facebook page for more photos from this amazing night. 

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