BY TOM LAVIS
All paws are on deck for an upcoming fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Cambria County.
Tunes for Tails will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 24 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
A variety of music has been lined up to entice people to come and have a good time to help a worthy cause.
Bands include rock jam band Southside Strays, Americana folk band Whiskey River Panhandlers, classic rock and jazz group Blue Collar Fate and Celtic bluegrass band Tree.
Jen Harnett, a member of the humane society board and a member of Tree, said the 2011 Tunes for Tails was a howling success.
“We made about $2,800, and we hope to equal or exceed that amount this year,” Harnett said.
The event also is designed to raise awareness about the shelter and to get people out to enjoy an evening of music.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Proceeds will be used to help fund the expansion of two new fenced play areas to be completed in the spring.
“Two areas have been installed and two additional spots will expand the play area where volunteer dog walkers can let the dog off the leash to play freely,” Harnett said. “It improves the well-being of the animals.”
An expanded play area also gives anyone considering adopting a pet the opportunity to interact with the animal to see if it is compatible.
“A person can judge a dog’s temperament better when it is off leash,” Harnett said. “Some even fetch, are very playful and good around children.”
This will be the humane society’s second significant fundraiser.
A basket party in August netted about $14,000 for overall improvements to the shelter.
“We were looking to make $8,500, but we far exceeded that,” Harnett said. “It demonstrates the generosity of area people.”
Organizers will have a basket raffle during the evening at Ace’s.
“Last year, we had 20 baskets, but we hope to have that many or more,” Harnett said. “The shelter is looking for basket donations.”
Anyone wanting to donate a basket may drop it off at the humane society, 743 Galleria Drive Extension or call 535-6116.
The shelter’s purpose is not only to find homes for dogs and cats that are brought in, but to care for strays and animals whose owners can no longer afford them until homes are found for them.
Harnett said 100 percent of the funds raised at the concert will benefit the shelter.
The organization will sell T-shirts for $15 each to raise additional money.
“We’re trying to boost fundraising as a whole,” Harnett said, adding that additional improvements are necessary.
In its 36 years of service, Cambria County’s humane society has been responsible for the rescue, care and sheltering of more than 133,000 stray and abused animals and unwanted pets.
There will be no advanced ticket sales. Admission of $10 per person will be paid at the door.
What: Tunes for Tails fundraiser for Humane Society of Cambria County.
Where: Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johns-town.
When: 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 24.
Tickets: At the door.
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