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Nancy Dechert, manager of the Menominee Animal Shelter, gives Roscoe, an Alaskan Malamute, some attention in advance of the shelter’s fundraiser Saturday at the Pullman House. The silent and live auction fundraiser includes music and food.
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Nancy Dechert, manager of the Menominee Animal Shelter, gives Roscoe, an Alaskan Malamute, some attention in advance of the shelter’s fundraiser Saturday at the Pullman House. The silent and live auction fundraiser includes music and food.

MENOMINEE — People of all ages could go home with a prize while supporting the Menominee Animal Shelter at the 19th annual fall auction Saturday.

The event starts with a silent auction at 5 p.m. at the Pullman House, 2190 U.S. 41, Menominee.

Julie Derusha, a member of the Menominee Animal Shelter Board of Directors, said this is the shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“There are 20 plus live auction items and more than 100 silent auction items,” Derusha said.

Donated items include diamond stud earrings from Feldstein’s Jewelry, helicopter rides over the Menominee River, airplane rides to Door County, a sailboat trip out of Door County, a tailgate party for the M&M game, wine for a year, fishing package, metal yard art, eight months of soup, a green Adirondack Cedar chair, Marlin 30-06 bolt action/22 inch rifle, and the following packages: romance, bird, golf and much more.

“Because of the wide array of items donated, there will be stuff for every walk of life — adults, children, pet lovers and non pet lovers,” Derusha said. “It’s one of those events that everyone can go to and go home with something.”

Derusha added a 16-inch by 20-inch commissioned portrait of a pet or any animal painted by Artist (Mary) Derusha was a hit at last year’s auction and will be available again this year.

“They tell her what they want and she will do it at a later date,” Derusha said.

Tickets to the event are $25, which includes admission and a meal.

They can be purchased in advance at the shelter, Statewide Real Estate, Heads or Nails Salon or the Pullman House. Any tickets not sold ahead of time will be sold at the door. There is a limited number of tickets being sold.

Food will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A live auction begins at 6 p.m. The event will end around 9 p.m.

All proceeds from the event support the operation of the shelter.

Nancy Dechert, manager of the shelter, said the shelter is always in need of funds as staff take care of the cats and dogs daily.

“Housing, electrical costs, water and paying to plow snow adds up,” she said. “It’s a big fundraiser for us and we rely heavily on it.”

Located at N184 Haggerson Court, Menominee, the shelter has been open since 1998. It is licensed to take 65 cats and 15 dogs.

“We are almost full on our capacity for cats, which is based on the size of them,” Dechert said.

The shelter maintains a waiting list for incoming cats. Marinette County or Menominee County residents who have cats they would like to find a home for need to call ahead.

A total of 1,200 animals were taken care of at the shelter last year.

To adopt or find a missing cat or dog, visit www.mashelter.org or the shelter’s Facebook page or the shelter.

Adoption fees for cats are $65 and dogs are $110. The fee includes up-to-date vaccinations, a microchip and a spay or neuter.

Dechert said if the animal is too young to be spayed or neutered, the owner brings them back when are old enough and there is no charge for that as it is covered in the adoption fee.

The cost per animal averages $160 and the shelter is able to recoup 50 percent of that amount through adoption fees. Fundraising events, donations and community support allows the shelter to keep in operation.

Tickets will go on sale in mid October for a MAS Shopping Spree. Cost is $10.

The 7th Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Bake Sale will be held Oct. 18 at the Marinette Farm and Garden. Cost is $10 per pet and person. Animals should come in costume. The bake sale begins at 8:30 a.m.

Future fundraisers include a membership drive in November, a shopping spree in December and a spring raffle next May.