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Fundraiser helps pay for humane society needs

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -An Albany man now has his 21 pit bulls back. They were seized a couple of weeks ago during a series of raids,  but it turns out his dogs were not abused or used for fighting.

The Albany Humane Society is still caring for dozens of other dogs seized in that dog fighting investigation. A fundraiser held Friday night will help pay to care for them.

The Humane society is raising money for a new adoption center and to cover expenses related to all those Pit Bulls. Organizers say the response from the community has been remarkable.

A little line dancing, seafood, and cute puppies were part of the celebration tonight, but the moneymaker behind it all? The silent auction. Humane Society Director Donna Strickland is thankful for the outpouring of support.

"All the community and local businesses that donate for the silent auction is helping us make money," said Strickland.

$15,000 to $20,000 is the goal this year. With bids on sports equipment, jewelry, gift baskets, and more you'd never guess we were in the middle of a recession.

"It's unbelievable the support we've had this year. We have about 182 auction items," Strickland added.

Some of the greeters included puppies in need of a family. One lab stole Marty Harris' heart after she lost three dogs in the past few years.

"If it weren't for dogs I would have to re-invent my entire life," said Harris. "I'm trying to convince my husband to get another dog."

She understands how important the humane society is to provide homes for these guys. On April 25 it became even more vital as staff had to provide shelter for dozens of seized Pit Bulls, leaving less room for adoptable dogs.

As the party continues, the humane society hopes it will raise enough money to fund an adoption center. This is the tenth year of Bark at the Moon. Once enough money is raised, the humane society plans to build a new adoption center at the same sight as the current building.

To donate for that planned new adoption center, call the shelter at 888-7387.

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