With the season of giving right around the corner, the Lake Martin Animal Shelter will host its Second Annual Meow and Mutt Mingle on Nov. 23 at The Mill Two Eighty for an evening of auctions to support the needy kitties and pups.

“This is our biggest – really our only – fundraiser of the year,” said LMAS Director Mia Chandler. “A lot of people don’t realize that it’s really up to us to come up with the funds for not only our daily operations but also our special cases.”

For $25 per ticket, attendees will be treated to an open bar and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, as well as live entertainment by Rachel Wilson Band.

Chandler’s goal is to raise at least $12,500, which she exceeded by $200 last year. The funds predominately come from sponsorships, ticket sales and both the silent and live auctions. Individuals in the community have donated items, and businesses have donated gift certificates and services to be included in the silent auction. The live auction will be reserved for bigger ticket items, such as commissioned artwork.

“I don’t know everything we’ll have yet. I will be collecting items up until the day of the event,” said Chandler.

T-shirts will be on sale at the event, as well and available for sale to the public afterward.

LMAS has a contract with Alexander City Police Department, so they do receive some funds from the City. All animals picked up by animal control are taken to the shelter. Chandler said the shelter accepts animals from Tallapoosa County and occasional surrounding areas, depending on available kennels.

“The majority of pets that come in, whether strays or owner surrendered, we don’t receive any financial assistance or compensation for. Our day-to-day operations are a costly venture, not including those that need immediate medical attention. We never get restitution from any of these felony animal cruelty cases either,” said Chandler. “This is where this fundraiser comes into play.”

Sponsorships are available on three different levels: platinum for $1,000; $500 for gold and $250 for silver. Gold and platinum sponsors will receive tables, and each sponsor receives tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at Makers Market on Main, Alexander City Vet Clinic, Wayside Animal Hospital, LMAS and online at lakemartinanimalshelter.com.

“Last year was a great success. We had a good turnout, and it was a lot of fun,” said Chandler. “I’d like to see this continue to improve over the years.”