Promoting animal support with vino

Wine, Wags and Whiskers to benefit Kitsap Humane Society.

Sampling wines and supporting dogs, cats and other creatures will go hand-in-hand April 18.

Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) will host Wine, Wags and Whiskers from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. The annual event typically rakes in about $6,000 for KHS. Events coordinator Kate Justice said she hopes to do well this year.

She said there are about 100 tickets still available for this year’s event. If purchased before April 13, tickets are $40 per person and $50 per person after April 13.

“There’s still plenty of room,” Justice said.

Several local wineries plan to share their wines at Wine, Wags and Whiskers. Fairwinds Winery, Bainbridge Island Winery and Vineyards, Hoodsport Winery and Thurston Wolfe Winery will provide wines and Silver City Restaurant and Brewery staff will be on-hand to pour a selection of brews.

“The Portable Reality Show,” a local improv group, will provide the entertainment at the KHS event.

“It’ll be really fun. We’re really excited about it,” Justice said.

Aside from wine sampling and comedic entertainment, a silent auction highlights Wine, Wags and Whiskers. KHS Development Manager Dana Lerma said there are lots of baskets up for grabs. Auction items range from cat-related items to handmade patchwork quilts to cookbooks.

Wine, Wags and Whiskers attendees also will be able to participate in a dessert raffle. Lerma said everything from apple cakes to chocolates will be available.

“Volunteers will be making delicious desserts,” Lerma said. “There will be a real variety of desserts available.”

Justice said money raised through ticket sales, the silent auction and dessert raffle goes back into the humane society’s general fund and pays for necessities like the animals’ food and vaccines as well as the upkeep of the animal shelter.

“It goes right back into the care of the building and animals,” Justice said.

While there are plenty of tickets available, Justice encourages people to purchase their Wine, Wags and Whiskers tickets as soon as possible.

“It’s a cheap way to have fun and it’s a benefit for the animals,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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