Gala Raises Nearly $49K for the Pets

More local pets will keep their homes, and others will receive the urgent medical care they desperately need, thanks to supporters of the Connecticut Humane Society’s Diamonds in the Ruff virtual gala.

Sponsors and attendees raised nearly $49,000 at the Nov. 4th-6th event, which included a live virtual show, an online auction, and sales of Paw Pack swag bags.

“In these challenging times, it’s amazing to see animal advocates—from across the state and beyond—caring so much for pets in need. No matter what, they are there for all of these dogs, cats, rabbits, Guinea pigs and other small critters, and it’s incredibly inspiring,” said CHS Executive Director James Bias. “We’re so grateful to everyone who was a part of this virtual gala and made it a huge success—because that translates into fresh starts for countless pets.”

This year’s virtual gala show had a special component: Guests learned about three CHS programs, and then voted for their favorite. Each program then got a portion of gala proceeds, based on the vote.

CHS’ traveling Pet Wellness Clinics earned the most at $19,680, which will allow more local pets to get the preventative and wellness care they need, even if their families aren’t able to afford it. The clinics travel across the state each year, bringing CHS staff members to perform wellness care and distribute pet supplies to pets and owners in need.

The emergency medical care program garnered $15,840 and will support CHS pets who receive urgent or specialty medical procedures in the staff veterinary department (like a stray mama cat this summer who needed a c-section), or at an off-site specialist (like a pooch who will be having knee surgery in the next few weeks).

CHS’ new crisis foster program received $13,440 and provides foster care for owners who can’t keep their pets temporarily. Sometimes it’s due to a military deployment, house fire, domestic violence situation, or hospitalization.

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Family Sponsors:

James & Jennifer Bias
Anne Elser
James Galli
Brian & Sue Gillie
Dr. Mark & Mary Gold
Vyto and Susan Konkulevicius
Jean & Mitch Lampert
Steve Lindquist & Gary Sullivan
Nanci & David Liscinsky
Tom & Laura Quarticelli
The Honorable Nicola E. Rubinow
Kristen Schaer
Ellen Sharon
Whitney Wirta