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Raise a glass for the animals - Posted by The Airdrie City View May 21, 2010

Posted by Stacie Snow Rocky View Publishing, May 21st, 2010 | 0 Comments

Photo - Safe and Soung - Candy Taylor lost her home to the devastating Big Hill Springs fire, April 19.  The Airdrie and District Humane Society donated a kennel and dog be to Taylor and her pomeranian/maltese Pixy to help them rebuild after the diaster.  ADHS also helped out fire victim Cindy Young, who has two beagle pups.  Another family's cat that ran away during the fire but it was found shortly after.  ADHS provides this and many other important services to people and their pets in Airdire.

Airdrie residents are encouraged to raise a glass and toast the animals of the Airdrie and District Human Society (ADHS), June 16 and 17.

The first annual ADHS wine and cheese fundraiser, presented and hosted by The Home Vintner, will take place at the Holiday Inn Express in Airdrie.

"It will be a fun night of wine tasting, accompanied with cheese and chocolate," said Debbie Zelez, public relations director for ADHS.

"You can toast the animals with compassion, respect and dignity."

All funds from the event will go towards the Societys's spay, neuter and foster programs.

Zelez said the Society hopes to raise a minimum of $1,200 at the event.

"We are so grassroots," she said.

"All of our money comes from donations and everyone working with us is a volunteer."

Along with some funds, Zelez said she hopes the event brings some potential volunteers forward.

"Right now, we have about 20 volunteers and we are hoping that number grows exponentially throughout the years," said Zelez.

"It is an unbelievably rewarding experience to help an animal. You could be an important part of saving them from futures that are not very bright."

The Society is also in need of foster families for cats and dogs before they find permanent homes.

"There are no words for how good it feels to be able to help out multiple animals until they find their forever homes," said Zelez.

She said volunteering can be a small commitment or a large one, depending on the volunteer.

"Whatever your expertise or interests, we can find something for you," said Zelez.

"Without volunteers, we couldn't exist."

The Airdrie and District Humane Society was incorporated three years ago and cares for hundreds of animals per year.

Tickets for the wine and cheese night cost $30 for a pair, no single tickets will be sold so bring a friend or date to the fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at The Home Vintner on Main Street.

For information, phone 403-980-0119 or visit .

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