PAWS fundraiser short of annual goal; two more events planned for Saturday

Oct 12, 2017 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The 12th annual PAWS and Pearls fundraiser for the the animal shelter in Riverton in September didn't bring in the revenue organizers had hoped for this year.

The event features wine tasting and a silent auction to help raise money for the shelter, a non-profit center run by a board of volunteers.

"I'm sorry to report that we thought we did pretty well with it, (but) when we crunched the numbers this was not our best year," PAWS board member Kent Moss said. "We actually did a little worse than last year."

Moss and shelter manager Gina Gladman gave a quarterly report to the Riverton City Council on Oct. 3.

It's the first time since PAWS has been hosting the fundraiser that its didn't reach the $40,000 profit mark.

PAWS hopes to change a few plans for next year's event to make up for the shortfall, Moss said.

The fundraiser is always held on the second Saturday of September.


The shelter has other fundraising plans in the works. There is a month-long pasta sale that Moss said is always successful, and the center will hold a Santa Paws and Cookie Contest on Nov. 18. PAWS also plans to have booths at local craft fairs, with items for sale.

"That makes a little bit of extra money for us," Moss said.

The shelter sold shirts for the eclipse in August. Moss said they sold almost all of the shirts and made about $1,000.

"It turned out to be really, really popular," he said. "We sold most of them before the event actually happened."

The center also recently held an event during which 11 cats were adopted by the community.

Busy summer

It was a busy summer for PAWS, Gladman said: From July 1 to Sept. 30 the shelter recorded 185 animals. Of those, 57 were cats and 128 were dogs.

"With that ... came disease," she said, noting the presence of parvovirus and mange, both of which are preventable through vaccination.

Because of the diseases, PAWS was forced to close the shelter for disinfection. During that time, the shelter lost funding, because no adoptions went out, Gladman said.

"We are overflowing with cats and dogs," she added. "And one thing that's scary is that we still have parvo in the community."

In addition, she continued, four "mama dogs" were dumped on the shelter, causing a drastic increase in the puppy nursery. Shelter staff nursed 30 puppies.

The shelter also works with other centers in other states to schedule and transport adoptions.

Over the summer PAWS recorded 32 dog adoptions, which is a low number, Gladman said. The shelter did, however, set a record for reclamation of cats this summer. Gladman said PAWS tends to see a 1 percent reclamation rate, but in the past three months, six cats were reclaimed by owners.

Weekend events

The shelter is partnering with the Central Wyoming Children's Center for Art, Technology and Science and the Stock Doc veterinary office for a "responsible ownership" event geared toward educating children 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at CATS, 120 S. Third St. E. in Riverton.

All attendees will receive goody bags and posters, and a "Good Dog Listener" certificate will be awarded to children who participate. Animals will be at the museum as well.

Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. shelter representatives will be at Sweetwater Garden, 1602 W. Main St. in Riverton, for dog and puppy adoptions.

People who adopt will receive a $50 gift certificate, and there will be a silent auction to benefit PAWS. There also will be a squash contest, baked goods contests, pumpkin workshop and kids workshop.

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