Two paws up for Okanagan Humane Society

The non-profit group holds fundraiser Nov. 24 with prizes and silent auction items, including a day of training with RCMP Canine Unit

Vernon RCMP Const. Mark Jones and his dog

Vernon RCMP Const. Mark Jones and his dog

A day of training with the Vernon RCMP Canine Unit is one of the more unusual items up for auction at the Okanagan Humane Society’s fundraiser on Saturday.

“There is something to fit everyone’s pocket size and you never know, there could be the Christmas present you have been looking for,” said Marti Giroux, with the society. “Const. Mark Jones and his dog, Traxx, have graciously agreed to treat some lucky bidder with a training day.

“This will include accompanying Const. Jones and Traxx for a day of tracking, drug searching and criminal apprehension training — not only does that sound interesting, but fun as well.”

The fundraiser is a dance taking place at The Green (formerly Sneakers Pub) at the Village Green Hotel, and featuring two live bands, Colt 45 and The New Classics.

“It should be a great evening, and both the venue and the bands have donated the time and talent,” said Giroux.

In addition to the live music, the event includes door prizes, 50/50 draws, bucket draws and silent auction, with items that include WestJet tickets.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $10, available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the bands beginning at 8 p.m.

All of the funds raised are being donated to the Okanagan Humane Society, a volunteer-run non-profit organization which assists those who can’t afford the complete cost of spaying or neutering their pets; it does not operate an animal shelter.

Beginning in March 1996 until the end of this year, the society expects it will have spayed or neutered more than 11,000 cats and dogs.

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