The Huron SPCA is preparing for its 2008 dinner auction, which will be held Friday, May 30 at Exeter’s South Huron Recreation Centre. Donations and tickets sales for the annual fundraiser have brought in $166,000 for the animal shelter over the past three years. The SPCA’s new shelter location has helped adoptions triple and reports of cruelty have multiplied, allowing the SPCA to help more neglected, abused and abandoned animals than ever before. Event co-chair Kate McKenzie expects the dinner will sell out by April, so if you want to attend you should buy your tickets soon. They’re available at Baillie’s Picture Framing in Grand Bend, Exeter Animal Hospital, the SPCA shelter in Goderich, or by contacting McKenzie at 519-236-4044. “This event is crucial for the survival of the animal shelter in Huron County,” says branch coordinator and agent Wendy Reid. “The SPCA does not receive any government funding for our shelters and in spite of the generosity of the local veterinary clinics, our veterinary bills alone total over $40,000 annually. Any money we raise in Huron County stays here to help the neglected, abandoned and abused animals in this area.” The event committee is also seeking volunteers. “We need people to assist us to get donations for the Live and Silent Auction,” says event co-chair Liam Brennan. “Closer to the event, we need workers to help with set-up and work the night of the event. This is a great opportunity for students to get community hours.” Volunteers should contact Kate McKenzie at 519-236-4044.