Occasions at Stone River provided the perfect location and atmosphere for PAWS’ 2nd annual fundraising dinner & auction. Rockwall PAWS President Sandra Solomon greeted a sold out crowd. Each table featured a centerpiece showing photos & stories of saved pets, dog treats, and a Dog Collar for sale for a homeless pet – to be given to the Rockwall Animal Shelter. Pictures of animals treated or rescued were on each table and a slide show played overhead as the audience heard stories of specific rescues of ‘unadoptable’ dogs like Hunter and Ranger, and 9 small Pit Bull puppies from a Puppy Mill raid.

Bob Lewis kept things going as Master of Ceremony, Zach’s Catering provided a wonderful dinner, KE Cellars Winery served Texas wine, and a large cake with the Rockwall PAWS LOGO was donated by Kristen Lacy of Tiers for Tista.

Silent Auction gifts filled the tables and a Live Auction was conducted by none other than Rockwall’s Interim, City Manager, Rick Crowley – although he confessed, ‘It had been awhile’, no one believed him once he started auctioneering.

Other City guests included Kenda Culpepper, Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney, Mayor David Sweet, three City Council members – Margo Nielsen, Cliff Sevier, and Mark Russo, Brad Griggs, Director of Municipal Services, and Shelli Miller, County Clerk. Corporate Sponsors included Soroptomist, Planet Rockwall, Heart of Texas Home Health Services, Margo Nielsen, and Bill and Becky Cecil.

Local Veterinarians, Kurt Avery, David Loftis and Mike Sealock were praised for their participation in “Save A Heart – Save A Life” providing treatment for Heartworm Positive shelter dogs. In support of the required 90% Live Outcome, all HW positive dogs are treated once fostered or adopted. Rockwall PAWS started this program in January 2010 to insure their treatment or rescue. Guests learned more about “Litter-Free Rockwall” – the Low-cost Spay/Neuter program. Sandra stressed that the adoption rate will never pass the birth rate! Adoption and Spay/Neuter are both needed to prevent needless euthanasia. Each year scores of puppies and kittens are surrendered to the shelter.

Animal Hospital of Fate, Ridge Road Animal Hospital, Ponderosa Pet Resort, Stonebridge Veterinary Hospital, and Red Wolf Resort were recognized for helping the shelter during overcrowding. Each boarded two or more animals for FREE from June until December. Implemented by Rockwall PAWS, this and the Foster Home network developed by the shelter prevented unknown numbers from being euthanized. The Mission Statement of Rockwall PAWS allows us to help animals in almost any way. Do your part. Support spay/neuter, donate to fund Heartworm treatment and medical or surgical care, adopt from your local shelter and stand behind the 90% Live Outcome initiative. Make Rockwall the best city for animals in Texas.

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