The Daily Tribune News, June 5, 2013
With Woofstock set for Saturday, Etowah Valley Humane Society Director Bryan Canty is looking forward to forging an ongoing partnership with Cartersville Elks Lodge No. 1969.
“[The proceeds go] toward the operation expenses [of our shelter] and the care and maintenance of all of our great homeless pets,” Canty said. “[We are funded] through adoption fees, the benevolence of private donors and occasional fundraisers.
“This [event] is an opportunity [for the Elks] to extend a helping hand to the EVHS. They received a grant from their central foundation that would assist a local nonprofit in a fundraising endeavor. We’re just so gracious that they chose us. It’s just a huge honor and hopefully we can make this an annual event.”
To be held at the Elks Lodge — 1715 West Ave. — from 4 p.m. to midnight, the event will offer concerts, dog adoptions from 4 to 6 p.m., food, beverages, 4 p.m. horseshoe tournament, 6 p.m. cornhole tournament and a 5 p.m. Texas Hold ’em tournament that will cost $50 to enter.
The musical lineup will include artists from the Cartersville Songwriters Exchange from 4 to 8 p.m. Along with the opening act, Alias, Smith & Owens, other performers will be Pepper-Collins Band, D.B. Patterson, Patty Bell, Amy Beville and Jim Haigler. At 8 p.m., Iambic Underground and a DJ will entertain the crowd until midnight.
“[It is important to support the EVHS] because there’s really an overpopulation of animals,” said Patricia Owens, EVHS board member and co-founder of Cartersville Songwriters Exchange. “People do not realize how important it is to spay and neuter their pets. Cartersville has an abundance of stray animals and people just need to be responsible and spay and neuter their pet. It would stop so many of these animals being put to sleep and that’s what the Humane Society is [about].
“What we do is we take animals from [animal control] and we bring them there and they’re vetted and spayed … but we can only take so many at a time. We have a small space [and] we have to pay a staff and we have to pay electricity. There’s a lot of expenses. We end up with these animals that we’re trying to place while more and more are pouring into [animal control]. … So that’s why I’m so passionate. I started working with the Cobb County Humane Society when I was 16 years old. So I’ve seen a lot over the years. It’s sad that there’s so many great dogs out there that end up getting put to sleep simply because there’s not enough homes for them.”
Opened in 2006, EVHS’ 4,928-square-foot shelter at 36 Ladds Mountain Road in Cartersville costs about $240,000 per year to manage. The shelter consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages, a puppy room with 22 cages and seven outdoor kennel runs.
For more information about the EVHS and its upcoming fundraiser, visit www.etowahvalleyhumane.org or call 770-383-3338. Admission to Woofstock, a 21-and-older event, will be $10.