Dancing Goes To The Dogs

Humane Society plans weekend bash to help build shelter

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Longtime Humane Society supporter Kitty Lucek shows off some of the great pieces that will be in the silent auction portion of the Sept. 12 benefit for the Humane Society of Central Arizona. The benefit will also feature a dance, with Junction 87 providing the music and a live auction in which the cover spot on the 2010 Humane Society Calendar will be won.

Dance the night away on Saturday and bid on special items to help the Humane Society of Central Arizona raise funds for operating expenses.

Junction 87 will provide the dance music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Mazatzal Casino.

The event will feature silent and live auctions, with a chance to win the honor of having your pet’s picture on the cover of the society’s 2010 calendar.

Auctioneer Eddie Armer will ignite the crowd with his high energy, crowd-pleasing natural ability to auction items for a cause he believes in.

Participants can bid on a wealth of items, most of them during the silent auction, said organizers Kathleen Hughes and Kitty Lucek. Some pieces to look for are an original, framed watercolor of a French street scene; a large white ceramic rooster complementing several French country décor items; Native American jewelry and art; a NASCAR jacket; an eco-friendly mini refrigerator; and other art and décor items.

Hughes estimates there will be about 100 items on which to bid. And bids can be made up until about 9 p.m., she said.

Tickets cost $5 at the door; or may be purchased in advance at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, 812 S. McLane or at the Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Store, 404 W. Main St., Payson.

Participants can also bring pet food contributions.

The Humane Society of Central Arizona dance is being made possible by the generosity of sponsors Hospice Compassus, CJ Excavating, Payson Care Center and Western Village.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or donating to the auction can contact Kathleen Hughes at (928) 474-3808. If any items are not taken in the auctions, they will go to the new Humane Society Thrift Store, Hughes said.

Calendar pets

Now is the time to start seriously thinking about the 2010 pet calendar. Begin by finding or taking a special picture of your pet(s) and reserving your special date in the shelter’s upcoming calendar. The earlier you register, the more assured you will be to get the date(s) you desire.

Dates will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Surprise a family member or friend with the gift of a 2010 calendar with a photo of their pet on a day that is important to them.

Registration forms are now available on the shelter’s Web site at http://www.humanesocietycentralaz.org or a form can be picked up at the Humane Society’s office at 812 S. McLane Road in Payson. The deadline for submission of registration forms and pictures is Friday, Oct. 4. Submit photos with the registration form using photo prints or on a CD. Please put your pet’s name, your name and phone number on the photo print or the CD, also note if you would like to have the photo back.

The cost of reserving your special date on the calendar remains the same as the previous two years at $20 per date and when the calendar is printed in the fall, the price of each calendar remains at $10 each. If you need a person to take a picture of your animal please call Ellie Watson, shelter director, to set up an appointment. All profits go to help care for the stray, lost and abandoned animals of the Humane Society of Central Arizona (formerly Payson Humane Society).

When taking those special pictures of your pet, it might be a good idea to keep in mind the season you want it to be inserted in the calendar, if you want a winter date, for example, you might want a winter scene. Or if you want around July 4, you might want a summer or patriotic picture. Also, those unusual or very special shots are always fun to use. These are just a few ways we can continue to make the shelter calendar fun and interesting and make our pets have their day in the spotlight.

Here is a photography tip for taking pictures of your pet — photographs taken outside provide more natural coat color as well as better eye detail. When the photograph is taken indoors, try to find a large window that provides a strong light source. In either case, the sun or other light should be to the side or behind the photographer so the pet’s face is not totally in shadow. When taking a picture of your pet and the lighting is good, turn off your flash (or use the red-eye setting) so that your pet will not have “flash eyes” and their beautiful eyes will enhance the photograph.

So start snapping lots of pictures of your pets and pick up a registration form to reserve your date(s) for the 2010 Humane Society Calendar!

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