Money raised at the dinner will be used for mid-Missouri families with financial hardships to have their pets spayed and neutered. Last year’s dinner raised more than $2,000, which was used to spay and neuter 20 dogs and 60 cats.
Allison Toth, shelter relations coordinator, said choosing which families receive surgeries for their pets is a difficult task.
“We give them to the families that really are deserving, and by that, I mean they can show proof that they are on government assistance programs or are on a fixed income," Toth said. "We usually limit one per family.”
Toth said musical entertainment this year will be provided by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Ukulele Ensemble. The event will include a spaghetti dinner and refreshments, along with a bake sale.
Tickets are available through the shelter and at the door on the night of the event. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children, students and seniors. Children 5 and younger may attend for free.