The Animal Welfare Department’s Spay and Neuter Program has received a required boost in funding, after the success of the 8th annual Mayor and 1'st Lady’s Dog Ball on February 26, 2011
In this second year of sponsorship by Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry, the effect at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town sold 168 tickets. With nearly of the tickets sales, Silent and Live Auction proceeds and donations counted and this year’s rising expenses factored in, the Mayor and First Lady’s Dog Ball also took in about $17,000.
Among the big ticket items bid on throughout this year’s Live Auction were lunch with Mayor Berry and First Dog Skip, lunch with APD Chief Ray Schultz, a couples spa weekend at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, a 3 strand Turquoise necklace and pendant from Dee Ann Price at D’Anz, Ltd. and a genuine gemstone necklace from Rona Kruger Oksrider at Jewelry Market & Supply in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque Kennel Kompadres, the fundraising charity for Animal Welfare, organized the Dog Ball and administers the money. It will go straight toward funding the no-cost Spay and Neuter Program for low income-qualifying pet owners at Animal Welfare. The money should be particularly handy now that the new Spay and Neuter Clinic at Animal Welfare’s renovated Eastside Shelter plans to triple the amount of previous spay/neuter surgeries.