Animal clinic benefit takes on Mountaineer theme

VIENNA – The “Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together” Committee hosted its third annual WVU Tailwaggin’ Tailgate Party on Saturday at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna.

Organizers with the SPOT Committee said the event this year was about raising money for the clinic, a low-cost spay and neuter facility on 29th Street in Parkersburg.

The clinic is being constructed adjacent to the Humane Society of Parkersburg and Karen Katchur, chairman of the SPOT Committee, said the clinic should be operational this month.

Katchur said the Blue-and-Gold themed tailgate party on Saturday included live and silent auctions, a disc jockey, a photo booth, food, drinks and a riverside cookout.

“Hopefully we’ll make enough money to keep the spay and neuter clinic running,” Katchur said Saturday night. “After that it will be self-sustaining.”

She said next year the fundraiser is expected to be an event specifically to raise money for the humane society.

Chris Wilson, “DJ Chris” with Premier Productions, said he and his wife, Jaime, donate their time and business to help a community organization.

“For this event it’s always a pleasure to actually help because they raise so much money for the humane society,” he said. “It works out really well for them and us because we just like being involved with the things that are going on in town.”

Wilson said the company was busy on Saturday with weddings and other events to host, but had to make time for the local fundraiser.

Parkersburg resident Ashlie Farrell, a shelter employee, said she came to the event with some friends and fellow co-workers to raise money and hang out outside of the office.

“This is my third year and it’s a blast,” she said of the fundraiser. “It’s just nice to get together and spend time outside of the shelter; just having fun.”

Farrell said the first year she got a kick out of the photo booth.

“It was hilarious,” she said of the entertainment.

The only thing missing Saturday were the furry friends, but Carrie Roe, with the humane society, said the dogs and cats are not brought to the park because the organization does not want people to adopt them on an impulse decision.

“We don’t want any impulse adoptions,” Roe said.

However, she said organizers have thought about bringing the animals in the future.