The 6th Annual Bark & Wine, Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter’s signature fundraising event, will be held at the gorgeous Historic Smithonia Farm on Saturday, August 17, 2019. This popular one-night event features local wines, heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Athens, desserts from Mama’s Boy, live music from Nathan Sheppard, silent and live auctions, raffles, and more.
This year’s event will feature approximately 100 donated items from regional partners in Madison, Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, Oconee, Elbert, and Franklin counties including exciting items such as a week’s resort stay in Cancun; Walt Disney World tickets; memorabilia from local music legends R.E.M. and Widespread Panic; a UGA Football signed by Kirby Smart; tickets to popular Atlanta attractions such as Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, the Atlanta Botanical Garden; custom pet portraits by local artists; gift certificates to popular breweries including Creature Comforts and Monday Night Brewing; one-of-a-kind art; and so much more! A complete list of items is available online, and more items are being added daily. Tickets are only $35 in advance and $45 at the door and can be purchased at MOAS or online, at MOAS, or at The Dog House Too in Ila.
All proceeds from the event go directly back to the care of unwanted and abandoned animals in our community. MOAS takes in approximately 2,800 animals each year and plays a critical role in our region by providing, among other things, one of the only locations where pet owners can take advantage of regular low-cost vaccine and spay/neuter clinics, including free spay/neuter surgeries through this year’s grant from the Bissell Pet Foundation. The shelter is committed to supporting the neediest families in our region through low-cost clinics and a free community food bank. The Bark & Wine also helps raise funds to treat sick and injured animals that are brought to the shelter like the puppy with a broken leg who was thrown from a car, the many dogs who test positive for heartworms, and the two-week-old kittens brought in without their mothers. All of these animals might be euthanized immediately upon arrival at a different shelter. Fundamentally, pet overpopulation is a community problem, and MOAS cannot succeed without community support. The Bark & Wine provides a fantastic opportunity for animal lovers to support the shelter while enjoying a fun evening of entertainment, great food, and excellent wine. More information is available at www.moaspets.com/barkandwine.