Helping Animals of Warren County has a tasty offer for its latest fundraiser.
The SPAY-ghetti Dinner promotion has been organized for March 19 to help generate funds for spay and neuter costs of Warren County animals.
For $7, individuals can order a plate of spaghetti complete with bread and a dessert on the side. The nonprofit is even willing to make deliveries for those who purchase at least five plates. Orders must be placed by March 17.
The SPAY-ghetti fundraiser is a new feature for HAWC and one organizers hope will make up for some of the loss in donation opportunities for the group due to the pandemic. Money generated from the dinner will go toward addressing the burgeoning overpopulation of cats and dogs in Warren County.
“One of our biggest events is our chili cook-off and silent auction. We didn’t get to have that this year so that’s a possible $3,000 we missed,” said HAWC president Hollie Cox. “So we have been having to do these smaller ones in hopes of getting more funds together. Not being able to do things in groups has been the worst part about COVID and our funding.”
HAWC assisted with 396 spay and neuters in 2020 for animals within the county. However, the pandemic has initiated a rise in veterinary costs, which has increased the expenses for HAWC. This has resulted in recipients of their help having to shoulder higher co-pays.
“We are working with Sequatchie Valley Low Cost Clinic in Dunlap right now because it is a little cheaper for us and they include a rabies shot with the surgery,” said Cox. “We also have a local vet office for surgeries when people can’t transport their pets to Dunlap but they do not include the rabies shot in the price. The average cost to have a cat fixed is $90 and dogs are $125.”
Local colonies of cats have been, and continue to be, problematic for Warren County, especially as “kitten season” approaches. Large groups of feral cats tend to congregate and their numbers rapidly approach critical mass as the cats are often still able to reproduce.
Being a small group of 11 individuals, HAWC struggles to do it all. “For those who want to donate something besides money, we also need pet food, dog houses and plastic storage totes that can be made into feral cat houses,” said Cox.
Those wishing to make an order for a spaghetti plate can do so by sending a message to the HAWC Facebook page, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 931-743-7666 or faxing 931-507-2804. Orders are due no later than March 17 and pick-up is Friday, March 19.
For inquiries about volunteering or donating outside of the SPAY-ghetti Dinner fundraiser, individuals should refer to the HAWC Facebook page.