Animal Affair hopes to raise funds for shelter

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; This weekend, a local couple will host a party that&8217;s for the dogs &8212; and cats.

The Natchez-Adams County Humane Society will host their annual cocktail fundraiser, &8220;An Animal Affair,&8221; Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Each year a different family hosts the benefit at their house, and this year, Fred and Karen Callon volunteered their house at 104 Old Plantation Road.

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The couple loves animals, Karen Callon said. So, when Fred&8217;s cousin, who is involved in the humane society, asked them to host the party, they agreed.

&8220;I said we would absolutely love to,&8221; Karen Callon said.

The Callons had a golden retriever in the past and then a cat.

Now, they care for their daughter&8217;s dog, a Great Pyrenees named Gatsby.

&8220;I call him my grandpuppy,&8221; she said. &8220;He&8217;ll be here the night of the party, and he will have a red velvet collar with jingle bells.&8221;

The party is open to the public, is casual dress, and the $20 per person fee goes to the humane society building fund.

The society needs a new shelter badly, Board President Linda Harper said. They have been in the current shelter about 20 years, and it&8217;s time to expand.

&8220;We work out of 744 square feet,&8221; Harper said. &8220;We have a little office space, eight-by-eight, where everything takes place.&8221;

It acts as a storeroom and as an adoption and surrender center, she said.

&8220;We&8217;ve even had pheasants sitting in our office,&8221; she said.

The proposed new shelter will have a separate room for cats, a room where people can meet their new pets and an isolation room for sick animals.

&8220;Nothing fancy,&8221; Harper said. &8220;We&8217;re not looking for a million-dollar building.&8221;

She said she hopes this weekend&8217;s party will add to the funds for the building. The parties usually raise around $5,000 each, &8220;but we&8217;re always digging for more,&8221; she said.