Photo: Can we keep her? Guests of the Black Collar fundraiser mingled with cats and dogs looking for forever homes. /Photo by John Starkey
The DFW Humane Society hosted their annual Black Collar Affair at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas on Oct. 17. Animal lovers of every stripe attend the event, which included a variety of cuisine from top area restaurants, live music, a large silent auction and entertainment, all in a pet-friendly atmosphere.
The benefit was organized by co-chairmen Diana Pfaff and Craig Boleman.
“We have over 300 [attendees] tonight, which is a record for this event,” Boleman said. “We have a record set for sponsorships and ticket sales. We’re hoping to raise about $100,000.”
A majority of the money provided by the benefit helps fund the DFW Humane Society’s daily efforts to provide homeless animals with food, healthcare and shelter. The shelter run by the society typically houses anywhere from 100 to 150 animals at any given time. Each year the DFW Humane Society helps find homes for as many as 6,000 pets. A few of these animals were actually present during the benefit, including dogs walking around with shelter volunteers and cats lazing by the check-in desk.
“The biggest thing about tonight is we will do a big gift for the cause, which is the Angel Fund. That is the fund that helps animals who have had some problems when they come in. For example, they need an amputation or they have tumors or things like that,” he said.
The Guardian Angel Fund has raised $2,820 out of the $4,460 needed to treat all of the animals currently benefiting from the resource. Any donations made toward this fund will help provide necessary medication and surgeries which will drastically improve an animal’s quality of life.
Sarah Kammerer, the DFW Humane Society’s Executive Director, was very optimistic about the Black Collar Affair.
“We don’t have all the expenses in yet, but we’re on target to meet or beat last year’s total,” Kammerer said. “The community has been wonderful.
“We have a lot of exciting plans coming up in 2016. We have our Walk-A-Thon coming up in April, and on July 16 we will have our Clear the Shelters Event. That’s an adoption special that’s actually nationwide, where all the shelters get together and do free adoptions for that one day.”
Clear the Shelter has reportedly been a huge success in past years, partnering up over 400 different animal shelters. The 2015 Clear the Shelters Event, which took place on Aug. 15, helped to bring 20,000 animals nationwide out of shelter care and into forever homes. Over 6,000 of these pets were adopted in the DFW area.