Paws Ball to support animal rescue

Published 10:06 pm Thursday, February 21, 2013

The annual Paws Ball, a fundraiser for the Central Alabama Animal Shelter, is set for Saturday and organizers say it will be a guaranteed dog-gone good time.

Each year hundreds join in for live and silent auctions, dinner, drinks, entertainment and more all to help those abandoned animals being housed at the shelter in Selma.

CAAS Board President, Sarah Youngblood, said the past Paws Balls have seen great crowd turnouts and they are always fun.

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“It has been a good crowd for the past couple of years,” Youngblood said. “The event is casual — I know it has the word ‘ball’ in the title, but we want to make sure people know its causal with live entertainment and drinks. And it is just fun — people come out and just have a good night out on the town.”

This year the CAAS will focus its energy on raising funds for the rescue of animals, not just general supplies for the shelter. Youngblood said the money raised would help get animals out of the Selma Animal Shelter and into a stable home.

“Whether that’s an adoption in Selma or sending them to a rescue in a different state — we are working with a lot of rescues up north and in Florida where they don’t have the abundance of stray animals that we do,” Youngblood said. “The rescues will pull [the animals] from our shelter and get them homes there. We are averaging between 20 and 30 animals a month that we are saving, which is a huge difference in what we were doing before we started working with rescues.”

She added that in addition to coming out for a great cause, the dinner and raffles are always great. This year the CAAS is raffling off a Big Green Egg, the popular oven-like grill, at the Paws Ball.

The event will be in the Old National Guard Armory starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and tables of six can be booked for $135 by calling Youngblood at 412-7606, but she said tables are limited and those reservations need to be made in advance.