Humane Society of Hamilton County to host Wine, Wags & Whiskers on April 21


By Adam Aasen

At this year’s, Wine, Wags & Whiskers — a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Hamilton County — attendees not only get a chance to mingle and talk with friends as they enjoy wine tastings, but shelter dogs and cats will be parading through the crowd to mingle with guests.

The event, which has been going on since 2009, will be from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  April 21 at The Renaissance Hotel in Carmel.

It’s a little more relaxed than the annual Tinsel & Tails holiday event. Guests walk around and mingle instead of sitting down. Attire is business casual. There will be a shorter presentation, but a video will be shown. Tickets will be available at the door for $65. Limited VIP tickets will be sold for $85, which includes a seat at a VIP table, a complimentary glass of premium wine, additional cash bar access, a keepsake wine glass and expedited silent auction checkout. VIP tables are also available for 10 people for $900.

There will be specialty wines presented by Crown Liquors and HSHC has re-labeled the wines with fun custom labels featuring longtime shelter cats and dogs.

HSHC Executive Director Rebecca Stevens said this event is always a lot of fun.

“It’s a great way to bond with friends over cats, dogs and wine,” she said. “You can buy your favorite wines and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and an appetizer buffet. You can mingle with shelter animals available for adoption at the event. You can be silly and take photos in our photo booth. There’s a lot going on.”

Stevens said the fundraising for this event is not just for our daily operations but is also focused on fundraising for the Survivor Program, which raises the funds required to provide life saving medical treatment or emergency care to animals in need.

There will be a “live ask” to try to get as many donations as possible.

“I have a Boston Terrier right now that was hit by a car and he had severe ER bills,” Stevens said. “Like we do with all animals, we will do all that it takes to save his life and give him a good life.”

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