Humane Society holds raffle, annual gala planned to benefit local shelter

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Towns and Union County Mountain Shelter Human Society will host their annual “Puttin’ on the Dog” benefit gala in September, and a pre-event fundraising raffle has begun.

Raffle items include a Henry Golden Boy .22 S/L/LR Model H004 rifle, and an Amazon Alexa Echo.

Tickets for the rifle are $2.00 each or six for $10.00. Tickets for the Alexa are $1.00 each or six for $5.00.

Raffle tickets are available at the Hiawassee and Blairsville Mountain Shelter thrift shops, the Mountain Shelter Humane Society, and the organization’s pet sitting booth at the Blairsville Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Mountain Shelter Humane Society Gala will be held at North Georgia Technical College in Blairsville on Saturday, September 15, at 6:00 p.m. Heavy hor d’oeuvres and a dessert bar will be available for guests to enjoy, Wine, beer, and moonshine cocktails mixed by Grandaddt Mimm’s Distillery will be available for purchase. Live entertainment will be provided by three-man band Borrowed Time, and live and silent autions will take place for a wide array of items donated by the local community.

Reserved tickets are $30.00 per person or $225.00 for a table of eight. Proceeds will fund the organization. The Mountain Shelter Humane Society has operated for over 31 years, with care provided for over 12,000 animals.

“The shelter houses and feeds orphaned animals in a safe, healthy, and comforting environment while seeing to each animal’s medical needs,” Gregory Pachman, a volunteer with the shelter wrote, “A few find their way back to their owners, but most are placed for adoption.”

The Mountain Shelter encourages residents to assist in funding the society’s mission by becoming substaining members. Individual annual membership is $25.00, and family memberships are $35.00. Members receive discounts at the Humane Society thrift shops, as well as other perks.

“Our facility continually grows based on the donations we get,” Mountain Humane Society Board President Bob Levy said during a May meeting, “We try to take in every animal that we possibly can.”

Mountain Shelter Humane Society regularly posts information on animals seeking a forever home on their Facebook page.

Additional information on the raffle, gala, and membership can be found by dialing the Mountain Shelter at 706-781-3843 or visiting



Robin H. Webb

Robin can be reached by dialing 706-970-8491 or contacted via email at

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