Humane Society auction soliciting human bidder

Published 2:16 pm Sunday, September 5, 2010

Staff Writer

The Humane Society of Beaufort County is calling on dog’s best friend to take part in the 16th-annual auction at the Washington Civic Center.
The Oct. 16 event is a major fundraiser for the Humane Society, which works in cooperation with the Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility in Beaufort County.
“To date, we’ve spent $13,000 on assisting people in the county with having their animals spayed and neutered and trying to put our efforts on preventing overpopulation,” said Dr. Marty Poffenberger, a veterinarian and president of the Humane Society of Beaufort County. “We also work closely with the county animal shelter training the volunteers or donating things to the shelter like supplies and equipment.”
Rather than duplicate its efforts, the Humane Society and the animal shelter work in harmony for the well-being of Beaufort County’s four-legged residents.
“If we pool our resources, the county has a nice facility, and if we help with the county’s efforts and continue our efforts to spay and neuter, we can accomplish more with a cooperative effort,” Poffenberger added. “We want to remind people what (the auction) is for — to help the animals.”
A popular item up for bid during the auction is one of six jars filled with candy. Hidden inside one of the candy jars is a $100 bill.
Furniture, artwork and restaurant gift certificates also will go to the highest bidders. Patrons may also obtain a 2011 Humane Society calendar for a $10 donation.
The silent auction and reception begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 16, followed by a live auction. Tickets are $25 per person, $45 per couple or $200 for a table for 10. All donations to the Humane Society are tax-deductible.
For more information, contact the Humane Society of Beaufort County at 252-946-1591.