Wednesday, July 17, 2013

If I only had a home

Dogs find themselves when they are taken into forever homes

Express Staff Writer

    J.Lo admitted last week that even she, international superstar, had a stint being homeless, and look how she turned out.
    Before last year, Daisy was just another furry face in the crowd, waiting for someone to fling a disc her way so she could show what she was made of.
    She took center stage, flirting her way among the crowd gathered for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley’s Dog Days of Summer Benefit where destiny waited in the wings.
    Adopted immediately by the Nicolais family, Daisy didn’t wait any longer to unleash her inner celebrity.
    A year later, Daisy will be a featured performer displaying her mad Frisbee catching skills as a heralded guest at this year’s Dog Days benefit, which will be held Friday, July 26.     
    “Daisy is a very joyful dog,” said Jane Nicolais. “We feel so lucky to have her.”
    Attendees can meet Daisy, along with this year’s parade of adoptable animals, at the Trail Creek Pavilion in Sun Valley.
    This annual event is the largest fundraising effort by the shelter and provides a significant portion of the operating budget required to care for the homeless pets in this community.
    Each year, almost 400 friends and supporters of the shelter congregate to wine, dine and bid on live and silent auction items.
    This year’s live auction will include an African safari, an experience in the Arctic to see the polar bear migration and the benefit’s signature artwork, “Oh, Give Me a Home” by Brandis Sarich.
    The silent auction will have everything from wine to the annual Birdhouse Festival.  Also, the winner of the final progressive raffle item, a scooter package for two, will be drawn.
    In its 31 years of operation, the no-kill shelter has transitioned more than 12,000 animals into homes.
    The support received from the Dog Days of Summer benefit and contributions year round provide services to more than 1,500 animals per year with programs like the free spay/neuter clinic, community education programs, the Paws for Hunger pet food bank and temporary housing for homeless animals.
    Tickets are $175 per person and reservations are required.  More than half the seats are already filled for this annually sold-out event.
    More details are available on the website at  Tickets are available online or by calling the shelter at 788-4351.

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