NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Humane Society wants to continue a successful free spay-neuter program. This year, the community must step up to the plate in order to "Make That Tail Wag."
Calvin had his tail tucked Wednesday. It wasn't the portrayal the Nacogdoches County Humane Society wants as it enters the Make That Tail Wag kickoff.
"The purpose of it is to raise funds for a free spay neuter clinic that the Humane Society is planning for next spring," said Anne Sullivan, a Humane Society board member.
The goal is to meet or break the program's 2015 record.
"We spayed or neutered over 1,200 animals in Nacogdoches County and the Humane Society paid for that and it cost us over $100,000," Sullivan said.
Generous veterinarians reduced the cost of their services, and a large cash donation made the surgeries free to Nacogdoches County pet owners. Vets plan to help out again, but wider community support is vital to the free clinic's continued success.
Banita Creek Hall is doing its part by providing the venue free of charge for a benefit Tuesday night.
"This is just one way to help out the community and they can have more money for their needs," said Beth White a Banita Creek Hall donor.
Hudson singer songwriter Sam Shupak will provide live music. Appetizers and a cash bar will be offered. Admission is $15.
And the talent of photographer Wendy Floyd can be found on a benefit celebrity pet calendar.
"We will be selling that calendar for $25 apiece and the calendar will be revealed next Tuesday night at this event at Banita Creek Hall," Sullivan said.
The efforts build awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets. So far this year, more than 1,400 dogs and cats were euthanized at the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter.
A spayed or neutered animal has a better chance of going home with a lucky new owner and living a long and healthy life. For that kind of success, Calvin can "Make That Tail Wag." For more information, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the Humane Society's Website or Facebook page.