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Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village ?ǣDoggone Purrfect Night?ǥ

Sheila Simpson and Hope Brustein
(Doggone Purrfect Night)

Susan Walsh with Torino and Virgie and Ted Carrol
(Doggone Purrfect Night)

Debbie Blossom and Sylvia Oliver (with Midge, the narcotics-sniffing dog) and Officer Dan McClelland
(Doggone Purrfect Night)

David and Jan Glasser
(Doggone Purrfect Night)

Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village
“Doggone Purrfect Night”

    A sold-out crowd and a delightful summer evening had trustees and volunteers of the Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village sitting pretty. Memories of last year’s monsoon quickly faded as the second annual “Doggone Purrfect Night” kicked off to raise money to shelter abandoned and abused animals, from household pets to farm critters.
    The 250 guests took time before a buffet supper by Blue Canyon to look through the not-for-profit, no-kill facility and get acquainted with the current residents. A few – like Torino the kitten pining for his just-adopted brother – nestled in the arms of volunteers as people came up for pats and kisses. Butch and his buddy Sundance watched as party-goers toured the dog holding area, while in the feline section, Captain Kirk, Ava, Vince and Wiggles captured a lot of attention. More than once, “I wish I could take you all home” was overheard.
    The importance of this fundraiser and its $60,000 goal could not be stressed enough. “We here tonight are the voices of over 150 animals,” said Executive Director Hope Brustein. “All of you help us say ‘we will not let you go hungry or be homeless.’” With no government funding, Rescue Village relies on private funds. To help amp up the kitty, a “fund a need” auction was held, starting with $5,000 pledged by benefit chair Sheila Simpson to name a walking trail in honor of her husband Bob. All in all, definitely a doggone good time! STORY BY LINDA McMULLEN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BASHIAN

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