Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Humane Society Plans ‘Mutts And Martinis’

December 1, 2017

BELOIT - Sip on some canine-inspired drinks while benefiting man's best friend.

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is hosting its annual Mutts & Martinis fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Beloit Club, 2327 S. Riverside Drive.

Executive Director Brett Frazier said the reason the Humane Society is able to save more pets is because of fundraisers like Mutts & Martinis.

"This is one of our big fundraisers of the year," Frazier said. "For an organization that relies on fundraising and donations for half of our budget, it helps in a meaningful way and helps to keep the lights on and the doors open in the shelter."

The Humane Society also is buying property about a mile north of the Blackhawk Technical College Central Campus where it plans to build a new animal shelter.

The local nonprofit organization has an option to buy 20 acres of land with an option to buy 25 additional acres. The Humane Society Board felt that the property on Prairie Avenue/County Highway G offered a location central to the county, mid-way between the largest population centers (Beloit and Janesville) the Humane Society serves.

Frazier said it's been a busy year for the shelter, with many pets coming in. Due to the unseasonably high temperatures this fall, he said services at the shelter are only now beginning to slow down. Sickness also has been an issue at the shelter.

"Even though we've had a lot of pets who needed extra care, we've been able to save them," Frazier said.

He said the shelter has been able to improve its save rate in dogs with diseases such as parvo and distemper. According to PetMD, parvo is a highly contagious viral illness that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, lack of appetite and, in some cases, death. Distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness that is a relative to the measles. There is no known cure. In the later stages of distemper, the brain and spinal cord are affected, which cause seizures, paralysis and attacks of hysteria.

"Distemper and parvo are the things you fear if you're working with dogs," Frazier said.

He said most shelters euthanize animals who contract this viruses, but the humane society has a save rate of more than 85 percent. He said the Humane Society received a grant to send its veterinarian out east to get special training to deal with these illnesses.

"This is something we're on the leading edge of, and we're hoping other shelters look into it," Frazier said.

He said specialized techniques are not easy, which is why fundraisers like Mutts & Martinis are so important to the shelter.

This year, the Humane Society has moved Mutts & Martinis to the Beloit Club.

Frazier said that while the shelter has always enjoyed being at Ironworks Hotel for the last three years, the fundraiser has outgrown the space when they got up to 180 participants. This year, Frazier said the Humane Society is hoping to break 200 tickets sold. Participants do not need to be members of the Beloit Club to attend the fundraiser. He said in addition to supporting a great cause, many attendees also are excited to see the Beloit Club facility.

During the event, participants can look forward to sipping on Lolli-pups, Snicker-Poodles, and Mutt-inis, eating hors d'oeuvres and desserts prepared by the Beloit Club chefs and enjoying raffle items and live music. There also will be adoptable dogs at Mutts & Martinis. While Frazier can't make promises, there may even be puppies.

"It's going to be a fun night raising money for pets in need and enjoying each other's company right before Christmas," Frazier said.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, see petsgohome.org.

The Humane Society is a private, independent nonprofit dedicated to animal welfare.

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