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MD SPCA attracts a crowd for Wine & Wag Happy Hour series - Summer 2014

Cooling off on a hot day!
Cooling off on a hot day!
Trevor Holman

Attracting around 150 – 200 guests from the greater Baltimore area, Maryland SPCA’s Wine & Wag Happy Hours are a not-to-be-missed social event for adults, kids, and of course, dogs. This Friday, July 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. is the second Wine & Wag Happy Hour of the 2014 summer season, and the event will be held at MD SPCA’s spacious Falls Road campus.

While enjoying the beautiful outdoors, guests (21 and over) can toast to a “Happy Friday” with a nice cold beer or wine, which are available at a suggested donation of $3; a deal that is arguably better than most local bars. Complimentary appetizers are also served.

Meanwhile, dogs will be tail wagging with some off-leash play in the fun runs, in addition to drooling over tasty activities like bobbing for hot dogs, which is always a favorite. Paw painting is another fun option for the artistic mutt, or for the more outgoing pup, there is plenty of open space to play and mingle with other dogs and people.

To top the evening off, there will be live music from the Jordan August Band and additional food for purchase from The Local Oyster, a sure guarantee that no one will go home hungry. Guests can also feel good knowing that the funds collected are going to support the more than 3,000 unwanted or lost pets that end up at the MD SPCA’s facility each year.

“We do not receive any funding from the government, the ASPCA or any national animal welfare organization,” explains Tina Regester, Director of Communications and Media Relations for MD SPCA. “When people attend an event like Wine & Wag, they are helping homeless pets in our community. Proceeds from Wine & Wag are used to provide shelter, medical care, nutritious food, enrichment activities and spay/neuter services to pets at the MD SPCA.”

Although it is difficult to estimate how long any one pet will remain in shelter care, “on average it costs between $500-$600 to take care of a homeless pet from the time he/she enters our adoption center until he/she finds a forever home,” says Regester. In efforts to help a few more pets find loving families this summer, guests attending the event are encouraged to meet with some of the dogs that are currently up for adoption and will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the adoption process.

If you’re not able to make the Wine & Wag this Friday, be sure to save the date for the next one on August 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. For more details and to buy tickets in advance for $10 per person, click here – for those buying tickets at the door, it is $15 per person.