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Out & About: ‘Spay-ghetti’ Dinner Supports Sullivan County Humane Society

  • Sara Too is available for adoption from the Sullivan County Humane Society in Claremont. (Courtesy of the Sullivan County Humane Society) —Courtesy photograph

  • Tiffany is available for adoption from the Sullivan County Humane Society in Claremont. (Courtesy of the Sullivan County Humane Society) Sullivan County Humane Society

  • Paislee is available for adoption from the Sullivan County Humane Society in Claremont. (Courtesy of the Sullivan County Humane Society) —Courtesy photograph

  • Frysta is available for adoption from the Sullivan County Humane Society in Claremont. (Courtesy of the Sullivan County Humane Society) —Courtesy photograph

Valley News Calendar Editor
Published: 2/19/2018 10:01:08 PM
Modified: 2/19/2018 10:01:08 PM

Claremont — You’ve heard of spaghetti dinners, but have you ever heard of a “spay-ghetti” dinner?

You’ll have a chance to attend one on March 3, from 5-8 p.m., at the Claremont Country Club, as a fundraiser for the Sullivan County Humane Society.

“We’ve never tried to pull this type of event off,” said Laurie Waterman, treasurer for the nonprofit organization. “Hopefully it’ll be something that is fun and people enjoy and they like what they get for $10.”

Money raised from the supper will go toward shelter expenses, including veterinary bills for the cats in the shelter’s care (which is at least $40,000 a year, Waterman said), and low-cost spay and neuter clinics.

That’s where the “spay” in the “spay-ghetti” comes from.

The menu will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert. Diners will have a choice of sauce: “non-neutered” (with meatballs) and “neutered” (without). Organizers plan to make about 350 meatballs. “It’ll all be homemade,” Waterman said. “We’re cooking for 100. We’re hoping to get 100.” Enriched and gluten-free noodles and vegan-friendly options are available.

Fundraisers such as the “Spay-ghetti” dinner help the nonprofit raise awareness about their work, recruit volunteers and — most important — continue to help cats.

“Especially in the last month or so, adoptions are going well,” Waterman said. “At some point last fall we had over 40 cats in our care. Right now we have a little over 20.”

New cats are always coming in, whether it be a stray picked up by a concerned neighbor or the nonprofit’s youngest residents. “Amazingly, it being winter, we still have kittens,” Waterman said.

Here’s a chance to support a great cause, and have a good meal with other folks who want to help.

“It’s just like any other church dinner,” Waterman said.

It just has a charmingly different name.

Editor’s Note: Admission is $10 per person. Children under 6 are free, with the purchase of an adult meal. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the humane society, at Kit ‘N’ Kaboodle Consignments, or that evening at the door. For more information, call 603-542-3277 or visit www.sullivancountyhumanesociety.org. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.

Upcoming Sullivan County Humane Society Events

Feb. 28: “Pins for Pets” Bowling Fundraiser in Claremont: 6-10 p.m., Maple Lanes, 125 Maple Ave. Families and teams welcome. Also includes Chinese auction and a bake sale. $15 per person includes two games of 10-pin, shoe rental, a slice of pizza and a soda.

March 24: Pictures With the Easter Bunny in Claremont: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Claremont Rent-A-Center, 367 Washington St. Kids, pets and families are invited to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Pictures printed on site. Cost is $5 for a 4x6 print, $7 for 5x7 and $7 for an e-mailed image.

April 7 and 28: Rabies Clinic in Claremont: 9 a.m.-noon, Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights Road. Vaccinations for dogs and cats at $10 each. No appointment necessary. By law, shots are good for three years with proof, in the form of a rabies certificate, of previous vaccination. Otherwise, it is a one-year shot.

April 22: 1-3 p.m., Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights Road. Doors open at noon, games begin at 1 p.m. Prizes include restaurant gift certificates, store gift cards and more. $5 for 20 games. There will also be one grand prize game, for $3 a play. The grand prize is a $325 gift certificate to Mountain Edge Spa. Purchase multiple game packs for more chances to win. Snacks will be available. Must be at least 18 years old to attend.


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