Fundraiser to benefit Thomaston animal shelter

Posted March 25, 2011, at 4:58 p.m.

THOMASTON — The Humane Society of Knox County had a rough few weeks battling ringworm. After a month or so of shut doors and scrubbing, the shelter has reopened. But closing for a month has its financial burdens. The shelter couldn’t allow animals to be adopted, which is a major source of funding. Now, the small Thomaston shelter has more than 100 cats and 10 dogs waiting for homes.

So when two local businesses told the shelter that they were throwing a fundraiser, the humane society was ecstatic, according to Joan Vargas, volunteer coordinator for the Thomaston shelter. Trackside Station, a Rockland bar and restaurant, and Loyal Biscuit, a Rockland pet boutique shop, are throwing Pints for Paws 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 18 at Trackside Station, 4 Union St. in Rockland.

For every pint of beer sold at the event, Trackside will donate $1 to the animal shelter.

“It was dreamed up by the Loyal Biscuit and Trackside,” Vargas said. “It comes at a much-needed time. We have over 100 cats that need homes before kitten season hits us. It was a total surprise to us. It’s really nice — the community came to us.”

Heidi Vanorse, the owner of Loyal Biscuit, helped come up with the fundraiser idea. “It’s a nice, low-key social event,” Vanorse said. “Paddy Mills will be there for some background entertainment. The shelter [representatives] will be there. It’s open to all ages, it’s a fun evening out.” It is not, however, open to animals.

Those who would like to show off their pets should bring a picture. The pictures will be entered into a cutest pet contest.

Event coordinators ask that attendees bring a donation to the shelter. It needs canned dog food, canned cat food, paper towels, gallons of bleach, and old towels and blankets.

For more information, call Trackside at 594-7500 or Loyal Biscuit at 594-5269.

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