FEAS dinner event draws attention to local need for spaying and neutering pets Featured

Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter held its first Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner Sunday. Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter held its first Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner Sunday. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Raising money and awareness were the main goals of the Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter's big fundraising meal this past weekend. Mission accomplished on both ends, according to FEAS member and group spokesperson Deb Ghere.


The first-ever Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner and silent auction drew a crowd to the Fairgrounds Anderson Building on Sunday night. Ghere was pleased with the turnout, especially because the dinner drew attention to overcrowding at the Animal Shelter and the need for pets to be spayed or neutered.

Ghere says FEAS would like to start a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats. It's costly to start and maintain, but she says the city needs a program like that.

FEAS also helps to offset some of the medical costs for animals at the shelter. Ghere says medical expenses are the group's biggest cost at $26,000 as FEAS tries to keep pets ready for adoption.

Fundraising and attendance totals are pending but should be released this week. For more information about the group, call Ghere at 481-0889 or find the group on Facebook.

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