Lindsay CravenStaff Writer
August 30, 2012
Yadkin County residents were twirling noodles on Aug. 25 to help raise money for spay and neuter vouchers for Yadkin County animals.
The first Spay-ghetti Dinner was hosted by the Yadkin County Humane Society at the Yadkinville Volunteer Fire Department. The event was created to raise funds for the humane society’s spay and neuter voucher program that allows Yadkin County residents the ability to get their pets spayed or neutered for little to no money out of pocket.
“We went to another spay-ghetti dinner about five years ago in Iredell County and we’ve been wanting to do one ever since,” said Carmen Headen, Yadkin County Humane Society president. “We just haven’t had enough volunteers to make it happen until now and when we mentioned it to our new volunteers, they jumped on it.”
The dinner was $6 a plate and included a spaghetti plate, salad, bread, a drink and dessert. A silent auction was also held and the society was able to gather five tables of items to bid on.
“The silent auction was to add something different to raise money,” Headen said. “We have things ranging from haircuts, to wine, to kid’s items, to pictures and Wake Forest memorabilia.”
Headen said that the humane society has been gaining volunteers and has created a junior’s program. The program currently has 18 participants ages 8 to 16 years old involved.
“They get together once a month and have meeting and do activities like making signs for upcoming events or making items that we can sell to raise funds,” Headen said.
Headen said that the juniors group learns about the Yadkin County Animal Shelter, the importance and spaying and neutering your pets and vaccinations.
“They can take that information home and share it with their family members,” Headen said.
Headen said that the humane society sold about 70 tickets to the spay-ghetti dinner event and all of those funds will go towards providing spay and neuter solutions for Yadkin County residents.
The Yadkin County Humane Society has three different options for people who need assistance spaying or neutering their pets. The first option is the low income voucher. This allows people who qualify to receive up to two free regular spays or neuters. Applicants must fill out a form regarding their finances to qualify.
The second option is the humane society spay and neuter program where residents can pay $35 for a voucher and the humane society will pay the remaining balance of a regular spay or neuter for up to two animals.
Finally there’s the discounted vouchers which allow residents to get a discounted rate on a regular spay or neuter.
Headen said that it’s important for residents to remember to spay or neuter their pets and to keep them vaccinated for rabies.
“Be a part of the solution,” Headen said. “Animals are taken to the animal shelter every day and so many are getting put down. If people would be more responsible and make sure that their animals are spayed or neutered and vaccinated then we could help the county with a lot of those situations. One litter is too much.”
Headen said that she feels the event was a success and she hopes to make it an annual affair.
“We’ve got a great group of volunteers this year and they are an active group,” Headen said. “I appreciate everybody who has supported us. We have a lot of volunteers who made this event possible. We also really appreciate our vendors who made donations for the event.”
Reach Lindsay Craven at 679-2341 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.