Auction to benefit Camano animal shelter

CAMANO ISLAND — The Camano Animal Shelter Association works to find permanent homes for all animals that come through the shelter’s doors.

In order to keep those doors open, the association has planned its third annual benefit auction. The fundraising event is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Camano Island Senior Center, 606 Arrowhead Road.

The acronym for the association, CASA, is Spanish for house or home, and the name was chosen for that reason, auction chairwoman Leanne Ebsen said.

“Our auction theme is ‘Forever Home’ and that’s also the mission of our shelter,” Ebsen said. “We help these animals to find their forever homes with caring families.”

The nonprofit animal shelter, which receives no funding from Island County, helps to rescue and place more than 500 animals a year, she said. Those who adopt dogs and cats from the shelter come from as far away as British Columbia and Oregon.

Veterinary care for the animals tops the list of expenses incurred by the shelter, Ebsen said.

Earlier this year, the association sent out a plea for help when the shelter projected a $25,000 budget shortfall. Supporters came through, but the auction will help keep the shelter in top-notch operating condition, Ebsen said.

Last year, the auction raised more than $15,000, and the group hopes Saturday’s fundraiser will do the same, she said.

Camano Animal Shelter Association volunteers are still selling tickets to the benefit auction. Tickets, $20 each, are available at the animal shelter, 198 Can Ku Road, off E. Camano Drive on Camano Island.

The event includes beverages, appetizers and dessert, live music and many auction items, including art, jewelry, wine, vacations and movie tickets.

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