On Sunday, March 3 the annual SPCA Paws Cause fundraising event at Sambuca Uptown entertained more than 250 animal lovers who were as happy as a dog with two tails. The event attendees were welcomed Hollywoof! style as a searchlight pierced the night sky. A long red carpet, balloons and a huge purple and gold Paws Cause banner added excitement and glitz.
Energetic “fans” cheered the guests as they faced pink microphones, camera flashes and questions about their personal spay/neuter experiences. Inside guests were able to hold foster puppies, have their picture taken at a photo booth with a green screen, be entertained by a clever magician, enjoy the Bone Appetite restaurant raffle and Cork Pull. The Silent Auction deserved a loud hand for tempting the attendees with fine art, spa treatments, pet care products, travel packages, delicious wines, fine jewelry and more. Art pieces included a Marc Tetro limited edition signed serigraph “Pongo-The Puppies are Here” donated by Matthew Simon. Donations from the Jan Barboglio Collection included an angel figure and “Cardinal with Nest” bowl.
PUP-parazzis, Litter-ary Agents, CATS-ting Directors attempted to get a glimpse of the glamorous stars Spay Dunaway and Wayne Neuter while hounding the attendees. Spay Dunaway wore a dazzling red gown but was upstaged by the adorable Chihuahua pup she was carrying. The pup gave away kisses faster than Nicki Minaj. The guests were presented with giant gold stars emblazoned with their “pet names” for the evening such as “Brad Pit Bull,” “Tommy Lee Bones,” “Betty Cocker,” “Joan of BARK,” "Rick PURRY," “BARK Obama,” "MUTT Romney," "TICK Santorum," “George C. Scotty,” “Helen Smeller,” and “CleoCATra.”
Attendees included Diane and Hal Brierley, Jocelyn White, Melissa Rycroft, LeeAnne Locken, Dan Forbes, Tanya Roberts, Debby and Billy Albright, Abraham Salum, Candace Evans, Phyllis Comu, Penny Rivenbark Patton, Paige McDaniel, Bernadette Schaeffler, Wendy and Joe Luby, Myron Martin and Mary and Skip Trimble.
The Paws Cause Honorary Chairs Stacey and Don Kivowitz and Co-Chairs, Cassie Evans, Andie Comini and Jane Arrington are the cat’s meow for the most successful event to date raising $200,000 and counting for the SPCA of Texas Clinic at Village Fair. This will help provide more than 12,000 free and low cost surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments in 2013.
Paws Cause Benefiting the SPCA of Texas Village Fair Spay/Neuter Clinic plays an important role in reducing the number of homeless animals in Dallas. The numbers are staggering: one female dog and her puppies can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years. One female cat and her kittens can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years. The first Paws Cause was born in 2001 with an endowment fund goal of $1 million. This compassionate group of volunteers has saved thousands of lives over the last 20 years.
In 2012 the city of Dallas introduced a five-year plan to reduce animal euthanasia in municipal shelters. The SPCA is playing an important role in reducing animal overpopulation through spay/neuter programs. The non-profit SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas.