Anyone who has been searching for a one-of-a-kind work of art that they and their four-legged friends can enjoy might find it at the Shelby County Humane Society’s annual Bark and Wine.
Taking place July 21 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, the auction fundraiser will feature 12 fire hydrants donated by the Mueller Company Water Products Division and transformed by local artists.
Participating artists include Susan Meyer and Donna McFeeters, Vallie Pate, Connie Collum, Vicki Denaburg, Melanie O’Keefe, Thomas Andrew, Pam Truitt and Shea Miller, Jane Cline, Carrie Pittman and Randy Newlin.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the humane society’s Shelby Spay Neuter program, which is launching a new plan to increase its availability. Over the past eight years, the program has provided nearly 12,000 free or low-cost surgeries and led to a 30 percent reduction in stray or surrendered animals received by the Shelby County Humane Society.
The funds raised also will be counted toward the organization’s current challenge to raise $100,000, which was established when the program received the promise of matching donations from VP Funds.
Bark and Wine will begin at 6 p.m. and includes a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner and a live auction. Individual tickets are $150 and valet parking will be available.
For more information, visit barkandwine.org.