10th Annual Cause for Paws

A Night with the Stars

Dear Friends,

On April 5 2014, Helping Strays, the Humane Society of Monroe County will host its 10th Annual A Cause for Paws Benefit, at The Falls in Columbia, Illinois. This benefit is our largest fundraiser of the year and a celebration of the tremendous accomplishments of the past year.

Prior to Helping Strays becoming involved 10 years ago, a majority of animals in the county pound were euthanized after five days. Still today, there are no other alternatives, no one to help the lost and abandoned animals if Helping Strays does not rescue them. In 2013, Helping Strays rescued and successfully adopted out over 315 animals for a total of more than 2,600 animals in the past ten years. All of these animals would otherwise have been euthanized at the county pound or died on the streets! As most of you know, we started our capital campaign last year and are close to breaking ground for the new building. The plans are in the final stages before we can hire a builder. We are very excited about this next step. This year we continue to focus on raising funds for the day-to-day operations of the shelter and veterinary care of all the animals.

We need the help of all animal lovers in the community to make Helping Strays a success. Helping Strays, a no-kill shelter, is a completely independent organization, NOT affiliated with any other humane society or group. This makes YOUR support vital to our continued success and our future growth. We are asking for your presence and financial support at our 2014 benefit. Will you please be generous in your support of this benefit by donating items to auction (item donation & ticket reservations must be received no later than March 19) and bringing your friends on April 5th for a wonderful evening to help the animals? Tickets for the event are available at $60 each or a table of 10 for $540. The ticket price includes a wonderful dinner and open bar for the evening. The homeless dogs and cats in the area are depending on you!

To donate items to the auction or to purchase tickets, please contact

Paula Hutchinson at paula.hutchinson@helpingstrays.org 618-281-5199 or
Deb Dubis Foster at deb.dubisfoster@helpingstrays.org or 618-939-7389.


Paula Hutchinson, President

Helping Strays, the Humane Society of Monroe County