Humane Society expects another sellout for Tinsel & Tails


A packed house is expected at Ritz Charles in Carmel as the Humane Society for Hamilton County hosts its annual holiday fundraiser Tinsel & Tails on Nov. 19

Tickets are on sale now at but are expected to go fast as they do every year as crowds of people gather to celebrate the lives saved at the Humane Society.

Not only is it a chance to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, but the main attraction of the evening is the testimonials. Video presentations – with featured guests and pets in attendance – showcase the amazing work done by the Hamilton County organization. Dogs that were left for dead and brought to good health by the shelter. Cats who were discarded who now have a new home. Military veterans using shelter pets to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


“The stories are very inspirational and it’s because they are real,” said Rebecca Stevens, executive director of the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

The Humane Society for Hamilton County always has a need for fundraising because it is a no-kill shelter that doesn’t turn away pets. The only time an animal is euthanized is if it would be inhumane to keep it alive. But many sick animals are given treatment. As a result, many people from Marion County will make the drive to drop off their animals there as well.

Space is at a premium and staff work in cramped quarters. A new facility is needed and Stevens is working to raise money for the new building.

“We stretch every dollar,” Stevens said. “We do it because we want to give every animal a chance.”

Carmel City Councilwoman Luci Snyder stated that this event is the Humane Society’s “premier, fund-raising event of the year.”


“Coming at holiday time, we want to showcase the results of all the support of the people of Hamilton County give to their Humane Society,” Snyder stated. “During this special time of year, we offer stories with happy outcomes. Stories of animals in need, sometimes people in need… and how they came together. We like to say that while we save these animals …they turn right around and save us.”

About 600 people are expected for the event, which starts at 6 p.m. For more or to make a donation, visit