Bark and Wine set for May 4

Guests at the 2012 Bark and Wine view items in the event's silent auction. (Contributed.)

Guests at the 2012 Bark and Wine view items in the event’s silent auction. (Contributed.)

By LINDA LONG/For the Reporter

They offer unequaled loyalty and unconditional love. They make great listeners and even know how to keep a secret. They cure loneliness and, some say, even make us healthier people. Now, the Shelby Humane Society is offering a chance to give something back to these great companions we call pets.

The fourth annual Bark and Wine fundraiser, hosted by the Board of the Shelby County Humane Society and benefiting the programs and the pets of Shelby Humane Society, is set for Saturday, May 4 at the Pelham Civic Complex. Organizers say this event offers a chance to help homeless, abused, neglected and abandoned animals while providing a platform to emphasize the need for animal adoption.

“We want anybody who is considering getting a pet to choose adoption as their first option, said Tamela Seymour , Shelby Humane Society Board vice-president. “All dogs and cats need good homes, but when you’re dealing with the over pet population (like) we have here in the South, it is so critical consider going to your local shelter. When you’re looking to take a new member into the family, please go visit your shelter first.”

Board President Robin Adams also encouraged local residents to visit the animals at the shelter.

“You will be amazed at what fantastic animals are available for adoption,” she said. “Often, dogs especially, are pedigreed breeds waiting for a good home. They’ve just for some reason or another landed themselves in the shelter.”

Bark and Wine is the Shelby Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year and represents a large portion of the shelter’s budget.

“We’re hoping to raise at least $30, 000,” Adams said. “Though many donations throughout the year are earmarked for specific projects, money from the fundraiser is generated for operating funds for the shelter.”

Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased online at Barkandwine.eventbrite.com The event features food, wine and both live and silent auctions. Merchants in Shelby and Jefferson Counties are donating goods and services for the event.