Humane Society to host art auction fundraiser

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by Prissi Sullivan

Carroll County Humane Society will hold its third annual Art Auction Experience on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Carroll Cultural Arts Center. The silent auction is from 6 to 7 pm, with winners announced at 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30. Tickets are $40 for a single or $75 for a couple. All donations are tax deductible.
The Carroll County Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, which was founded in 1970. It is not to be confused with Carroll County Animal Shelter, which is a county run program.
CCHS began its Foster and Adoption Program in 1998. Animals are selected from the shelter, checked by a veterinarian, tested for disease, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered in preparation for adoption.
In 1999, the CCHS started its Low Cost Spay/Neuter Certificate Program, which is funded by the Waren P. and Ava F. Sewell Foundation. Over 500 animals have been spayed or neutered through this program, which is available to anyone in the West Georgia/East Alabama area whose income is $30,000 or less.
In 2000, CCHS presented a Dog Bite Prevention Program to local five and six year olds and created, in partnership with the Carroll County Fire and Rescue, a Displaced Pet Program which provides temporary housing for pets displaced from their homes due to fire or other disasters.
In 2007, CCHS raised funds to open the West Georgia Spay-Neuter Clinic, which serves pet owners in the region. In the first year of operation, the Clinic performed 3,500 spay-neuter surgeries. Due to the inability of some pet owners to afford the clinic fees, two funds were established subsidize these Carroll County residents – the Sewell Fund for cats and the Fix Fido Fund for dogs.
Responding to the economic recession which began in 2008, CCHS set up a pet food bank called the Empty Pet Bowls program, which provides free pet food to pet owners who are receiving federal or state financial aid or whose household income is less than $30,000 annually.
In 2012, CCHS initiated the Carroll County Angel Fund to provide financial assistance to qualified Carroll County residents for non-routine veterinary care for dogs and cats.
CCHS is now located at 102 Tuggle Street in Carrollton. Further information is available at http://www.carrollcountyhumane.org/.