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'The Most Interesting Man in the World' helps Morris Animal Foundation

Jonathan Goldsmith, "most interesting man," is also a dog lover.
Jonathan Goldsmith, "most interesting man," is also a dog lover.
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FIGHTING CANINE CANCER - The Orvis Company, a sporting goods firm, is hosting a dog photo contest to raise money to assist the fight against canine caner being waged by Morris Animal Foundation, a Denver nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing veterinary medicine for animals. And the foundation is getting a boost from a little star power. To help celebrate hitting the $1 million mark in the first phase of the contest ending in March,, Orvis has teamed up with dog lover Jonathan Goldsmith, best known for his role as Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World.” television commercials.

Goldsmith lives in Vermont, where Orvis is located. “The health of animals, especially dogs, is important to me,” explained Goldsmith. “The opportunity to support Orvis and Morris Animal Foundation in their effort to find a cure for cancer is important to me because I would do anything to keep my dog Willy happy and healthy.”

Orvis is running the next phase of its contest from Jan. 15 to Feb.15. The winner will receive one year’s worth of Blue Buffalo dog food, a deluxe TempurPedic dog bed and a $500 gift card both from the Orvis Company. For more information: http://coverdog.orviscontests.com/contest.html?contestId=9

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CHILI COOKOFF - MaxFund (www.MaxFund.org) is holding its annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Celtic Tavern/Delaneys Bar in LoDo, Chili categories are Red, Green, Vegetarian and Celebrity Chef, The winning chilis in each category will win a prize and there will be a grand prize for the chili that has the most overall votes from all categories. Chili judging and tasting will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and winners will be announced at 5.

The event is family friendly and MaxFund merchandise and goodies for pets will also be available for sale. All proceeds will benefit MaxFund Animal Adoption Center. For registration and more information, visit MaxFund's Blacktie Colorado webpage: www.blacktie-colorado.com/online_sales/rsvp_ticket_purchasebt.cfm?rsvpid=7633

YOUR DOG AS THERAPIST? - Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado will present a webinar Feb. 4 for those seeking advice about incorporating your dog into your therapy practice. It will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon. Information: 720-266-4444 (f) 303-232-2399 or visit info@aatpc.com

STRAY CAT FUNDING - The Humane Society of Weld County (www.weldhumane.org) has received a grant for $15,500 from the Animal Assistance Foundation to spay, neuter and vaccinate 250 stray and feral cats. Because stray and feral cats are the primary source of pet overpopulation in their community, Weld County citizens may trap and bring these cats to Weld Humane for spaying, neutering and vaccinations (Rabies, FVRCP) at no cost as long as they are willing to pick up the cats and return them to their colony.

Spay and neuter clinics are held every Wednesday at the shelter, 42nd Street in Evans. Contact 970-506-9550 to schedule an appointment. Surgeries and vaccinations will be booked on a first come, first serve basis and will be available until November 2014 or until the funds run out. More information: Wendie Robinson at 970-506-9550, ext. 29.

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