Adult cats are also available for adoption through Juneau Animal Rescue (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Juneau Animal Rescue to host annual fundraiser

Money in the kitty.

Juneau Animal Rescue will be celebrating its ninth wine and beer tasting and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, July 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

JAR has been running similar fundraisers since 2014 but this will be their first event since COVID-19 shut down in-person functions in 2021.

Admission is $50 per person and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased the day of, however, people are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time through the website because typically events in the past have sold out well in advance. JAR Executive Director Samantha Blankenship said based on the tremendous success of the 2020 fundraiser, organizers are expecting another large turn out.

“It’s a really fun event; it’s our largest annual fundraiser, and helps us offset the costs of caring for each animal in our care. Adoption fees do not begin to cover the expenses of putting an animal into adoption, which can run anywhere from $300 to $600 per animal, depending upon their breed/size and how long they are in our care,” Blankenship said. “All animals adopted from our facility are fully vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered, with the exception of some small animals.”

The event is 21 and over, however, JAR will also be providing non-alcoholic options for people that just want to come for the silent auction and enjoy local food. Some of the auction items will be round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines, kayak trips, whale watching tours, artwork, jewelry, massages, and more. Participating vendors are to include Alaskan Brewing Co., Devil’s Club Brewing Co., Forbidden Peak Brewery, K&L Distributors, The Odom Corp., Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, and Specialty Imports

This year’s theme is Hairball: A Masque-fur-ade, so attendees are invited to come show off their wildest hairdos. Local pianist Tom Locher will be providing music throughout and Dr. Amy Dressel will be the emcee for the evening. All of the proceeds go to Juneau Animal Rescue.

Over the last 75 days, Juneau Animal Rescue has had 83 animals surrendered, 61 of which were cats or kittens. They also saw 56 stray or abandoned animals enter the shelter. 43 of those stray or abandoned animals were able to be returned to their owners, and 13 were unclaimed. In the past several months they’ve seen an influx in owner relinquishes as well as an influx of litters of kittens Blankenship said she hasn’t seen in years.

“My speculation is that people are having a harder time accessing spay and neutering services because of the veterinary shortage. We hope to be able to start offering spay and neutering services to the public and assist low-income qualified individuals by the fall,” said Blankenship. “We’ve had more dogs recently, but still not quite as many as we do cats. As far as return to owner rates go with animals that end up impounded, at least in our shelter, 97% of dogs in Juneau are returned to their owners but only about 3% of cats are ever returned to their owners.”

• Contact Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com

Attendees from Juneau Animal Rescue’s 2020 Fundraiser. (Courtesy photo / JAR volunteer Kerry Howard)

Attendees from Juneau Animal Rescue’s 2020 Fundraiser. (Courtesy photo / JAR volunteer Kerry Howard)

Silent auction items featured at Juneau Animal Rescue’s 2020 Fundraiser. (Courtesy photo / JAR volunteer Kerry Howard)

Silent auction items featured at Juneau Animal Rescue’s 2020 Fundraiser. (Courtesy photo / JAR volunteer Kerry Howard)

This photo shows Juneau Animal Rescue’s 2020 fundraiser. (Courtesy photo / JAR volunteer Kerry Howard)

This photo shows Juneau Animal Rescue’s 2020 fundraiser. (Courtesy photo / JAR volunteer Kerry Howard)

This photo shows kittens currently available for adoption through the Juneau Animal Rescue. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

This photo shows kittens currently available for adoption through the Juneau Animal Rescue. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Some of the many kittens currently available for adoption at the Juneau Animal Rescue. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Some of the many kittens currently available for adoption at the Juneau Animal Rescue. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Nov. 27

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Hunter credits community members for Thanksgiving rescue

KENAI — On Thanksgiving, Alaska Wildlife Troopers released a dispatch about a… Continue reading

The snowy steps of the Alaska State Capitol are scheduled to see a Nativity scene during an hour-long gathering starting at 4 p.m. Friday which, in the words of a local organizer, is “for families to start their Gallery Walk in a prayerful manner.” But two Outside groups dedicated to placing Nativity scenes at as many state capitol buildings as possible are proclaiming it a victory against the so-called “war on Christmas.” The head of Alaska’s Legislative Affairs Agency, which has administrative oversight of the building, said the gathering is legal since a wide variety of events occur all the time, often with religious overtones, but the placement of a fixed or unattended display is illegal. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Scene and heard: Religious freedom groups say Nativity event makes statement

State officials say happening planned for Capitol relatively common and legal.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Thursday, Dec. 1

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Steve Lewis, foreground, and Stephen Sorensen from the Alaska State Review Board scan ballots from precincts where they were hand counted at the Division of Elections office Nov. 15. Board officials spent the period between the Nov. 8 election and its certification Wednesday performing about 20 different to verify the results. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Election certified, but challenges pending

Outcome of at least two state House races unknown, which may determine chamber’s leadership

Errol Culbreth and Scotlyn Beck (Polichinelles) rehearse ahead of Juneau Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker.” The immensely popular ballet is coming to the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Friday through Sunday. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Juneau Dance Theatre is ready to get cracking

“The Nutcracker” is set to run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigator Clint Crookshanks, left, and member Jennifer Homendy stand near the site of some of the wreckage of the DHC-2 Beaver, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that was involved in a midair collision near Ketchikan. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration should tighten rules about minimum visibility during flights and require more weather training for pilots who fly around Ketchikan.  (Peter Knudson/NTSB via AP)
Safety board recommends new measures for Alaska air tours

The board wants regulations for Ketchikan similar to requirements in Hawaii and the Grand Canyon.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Wednesday, Nov.30

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Harbor seals have a face full of whiskers, which the seals use to follow hydrodynamic wakes left by prey fish; even a blind seal can track a fish this way, discriminating victims by size and shape and direction of movement.  (Courtesy Photo / Jos Bakker)
On the Trails: The sense of touch

Touch is a mechanical sense, detecting physical stimuli such as pressure, texture,… Continue reading

Most Read