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Humane Society’s Great Catsby event was a record-breaking cat’s meow

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The 1920’s themed Puttin’ On the Leash was a roaring success for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.  The event, entitled The Great Catsby this year, had over 1,000 attendees – decked out in flapper dresses, feather boas and zoot suits – and raised over $300,000!  That’s an incredible accomplishment at any time but especially in the current economy.

“We are so inspired by the generosity and commitment of our community to our organization,” said Lisa Pedersen, CEO of Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “Puttin’ On The Leash is truly a celebration of the amazing relationships we share with our pets and the enrichment they bring to our lives.”

Catsby and Daisy, two shelter cats, welcomed attendees at the door then sent them off to snap up nearly 600 silent auction bid items.  While perusing the silent auction, guests were treated to vintage dances performed by “Watch Your Step!”  and sampled delicious goodies from over 20 Boulder-area caterers and restaurants.  Then it was on to the live auction, emceed by Channel 7 News’ chief meteorologist, Mike Nelson, along with his special guest Dr. Lee Woods of Broadway Animal Hospital.

The 26 live auction items included European vacations (the good kind, not the Chevy Chase kind), an Ultimate Training Experience with Lindsay Wood and the amazing Natural Habitat Polar Bears Tour package.

Event co-chairs, the ever-vivacious and charming Renee Shires (my friend and neighbor!) and Patty Young plus Silent Auction co-chairs Amanda Ford and Linda Oliver were on hand to oversee this 18th annual gala which is one of the largest charity events in Boulder and the Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Helping to make it all possible were a staff of 200 volunteers and the evening’s event title sponsors: Colorado Capital Bank, Moet and Chandon Champagne, Nuf Said Advertising, Superior Liquor and UBS, with auction sponsors HW Home.

Proceeds from the event will provide life-saving services, behavioral training, rehabilitation services and various assistance programs offered by the Humane Society.

Humane Society US announces photo contest winners



Winning photo by Lanmana of Idaho

Winning photo by Lanmana of Idaho

Oh!  You have GOT to look at these photos from the Humane Society of the US’s Spay Day pet photo contest! As a professional (and might I add, award-winning) pet photographer, I was blown away. These photos are just amazing. Check out the Top 11 winners here. More than 45,000 pet photos were submitted and judged by a panel of celebrity hot shots.


The judges — Matt Grant (TV’s “The Bachelor”), Tamar Geller (author and dog trainer), Patrick McDonnell (“MUTTS” cartoonist), and Christopher Ameruoso (professional photographer) — were looking for entrants with a winning combination of an eye-catching photo and a creative written response that gave insight into their pet’s personality.

I try to accomplish the exact same thing through my photography and I have to say, these folks hit it right on the cold, wet nose! I’d love for you to see my photos too — just click to visit the Doghouse Studios Gallery.

The Top 11 finalists all received prizes, including a shopping spree to Humane Domain, the online store featuring products and gifts for pet lovers. Check out their collection of spay and neuter t-shirts — they’re an easy way to promote the fight to end pet homelessness, and you’ll look great doing it!

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