One of Cherokee County's oldest animal rescue organizations is reaching out to the public for help.
The Cherokee County Humane Society hopes its fundraiser next month will help bring in enough donations to continue its pet advocacy and education efforts for the general public.
The society's annual A Tale To Remember fundraiser and silent auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton.
Ann Perrett, head cat coordinator for the society, said the organization doesn't have a concrete goal in mind as to how much it would like to raise this year. Financial constraints prevented the organization from holding the fundraiser last year, so Perrett said the organization is "just hoping to break even.”
“All the money goes straight to the pets," she added.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 per person, but $50 for two. Perrett said the tickets need to be purchased by Oct. 1 so the organization can provide the caterer with an exact head count of attendees. Tickets can be purchased at the society's thrift store at 5900 Bells Ferry Road in Acworth or by calling the society's offices at (770) 592-8072.
Along with dinner, the event will include a silent and live auction, door prizes and music.
The Cherokee County Humane Society could always use monetary donations as well as donations to help care for the cats and dogs it has in its care and those it rescues, Perrett noted. Donations accepted include dog and cat food, canned food, toys, beds for both dogs and cats and dog leashes and collars.
It also uses donations to care for the cats the organization keeps in it thrift store and to take animals to and from the veterinarian.
Started in 1975, the humane society uses donations to help adoptions, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations and emergency medical care for animals. It also rescues animals from shelters that put animals down. It also offers educational programs to pet owners.
Otis Moore, president of the society, said the organization's volunteer base totals about 500 people, which includes paid members and those who donate their time to give back to the organization.
Perrett noted she hopes the organization can sell as many tickets as possible, which in turn will help the animals it has in its care and those it rescues.
"Even if you don’t spend $500 or $600 dollars, you still can come out and you’re helping the animals," she added.