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Dueling Pianos fundraiser helps humane society

WINTERSVILLE — The Jefferson County Humane Society is tuning up for its “Dueling Pianos Party” fundraiser set for March 18 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville, beginning at 7 p.m. The fundraiser offers “a night filled with high energy, hilarious entertainment, interactive comedy, and piano sing-a-long” with dinner and entertainment included with each ticket.

Drawings, a cash bar and shelter pets are all part of the evening, according to Brandi DeNoon Damewood, the humane society’s marketing/outreach manager. Event attendees must be 21 or older.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the JCHS Clinic, located at 81 Talbott Drive, Wintersville; the animal shelter at 200 Airpark Drive, Wintersville; Hauser’s Furniture at 3905 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville; by calling (740) 314-5583; or online at eventbrite.com/duelingpianos/wintersville. Tickets can be purchased at the door is available.

“This event does sell out,” noted Damewood.

The Jefferson County Humane Society has been advocating for the animals of Jefferson County since 1915. “Our mission is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering and elevate public awareness of animal welfare issues,” Damewood noted. “We safeguard, rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.”

The humane society is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive tax money or money from national organizations to operate its programs. “Our survival as a local charity can only continue to exist through the generosity and donations provided by the people who believe in our animal welfare programs. These programs provide care and quality of life for animals in need,” Damewood pointed out.

The humane society, she continued, has “worked very hard to establish programs that provide the necessary care for the homeless animals that come to the shelter. Our shelter and medical programs provide a homeless or lost animal with a comprehensive medical intake, vaccinations, veterinary care and spay/neuter. We also offer affordable veterinary services to publicly owned animals at our clinic.

“The Humane Operations Program responds to animal cruelty, neglect and hoarding calls in the county, and our volunteer program allows us to run local adoption events, provide extra enrichment for the animals, advocate and help in all areas,” she said.

“The Foster Pet Program allows us to rescue even more animals in need since this gives us extra space and allows babies to be born, and injured pets can heal in a home environment. Also, this allows us to save dogs that are on death row in high-kill shelters.”

The humane society offers free food through the Pet Food Pantry, to anyone, from anywhere, in need of assistance to feed their cats and dogs.

“We are grateful for the support of our community. Sadly, we haven’t been able to hold our biggest fundraiser for two years due to COVID-19, but we are back and ready to have a ‘paws-itively purr-fect’ together,” she added.

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