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Auction to benefit animal shelter in Jefferson County

October 27, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - If all the cats and dogs in Jefferson County only knew what kind of party is about to be thrown for them.

This coming Sunday, more than 400 items ranging from Tiffany glass to a dinner for four with television political commentator Jack Germond will be auctioned Sunday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown.

The auction, which organizers hope will raise more than $30,000, will be used to help pay for operating the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society and Spay Today, an organization that helps people spay and neuter pets at a reduced cost, organizers said.

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The Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society, an animal shelter along Leetown Road, has been struggling with finances and accommodating large numbers of unwanted pets.

Costs for wages for seven people, animal care and other expenses are outstripping revenue, and last year the shelter ran up a $27,000 deficit, shelter officials said.

Spay Today, which has sterilized 11,000 animals since its inception, is located in the Briggs Adoption Center along U.S. 340 south of Charles Town, W.Va., said Anne Small, who co-founded Spay Today and who is on the board of directors for the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society.

The outpouring to help the two operations has been "incredible," Small said.

More than 400 items have been donated for Sunday's auction and all 260 tickets for the event have been sold, Small said. Tickets sold for $40 apiece.

"I think one of the reasons it sold out is we have fabulous donations," Small said.

Among the items to be auctioned are 65 pieces of artwork, including a Mort Kunstler "Gods and Generals" print, Small said.

Other items include a dinner for four with Germond at Charles Town Races and Slots, a weekend stay at a condominium in Georgetown, dinner for four at the Yellow Brick Bank restaurant, dinner for two at the Hillbrook Inn and a large amount of antique furniture, Small said.

The auction, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., will be conducted by local auctioneer Marty Kable.

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