Tails & Trails fundraiser a success

Heartland Humane Society's Tails & Trails event was a big success, raising spirits and $1,135 for the organization. Tails & Trails was held Nov. 7, at Cotton Park in Vermillion. This is the third year for this event, and the most profitable so far. It featured a dog walk, fun contests, door prizes and refreshments. All the money raised goes toward spaying and neutering the shelter pets and preventing unwanted litters.

The event was sponsored by Sanford Vermillion. HyVee and Wal-Mart in Vermillion supplied refreshments and door prizes.

Special thanks to Barbara Yelverton and Peggy Cooper for their time spent coordinating the event. John Grayson's Fundraising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations class at USD took part in the event planning as well. Thanks to those students Tiffany Paulson, Tyler Robinson, Jordan Bailey and Dara Weitala, and a big thanks to Melanie Mahowald's fifth grade class for decorating the doggie bags.

"We had perfect weather for a walk in the park – whether you have two legs or four," said Tasha Anderson, executive director at Heartland Humane Society. "The money raised will benefit our spay and neuter program – one of the most important and expensive aspects of managing the shelter animals."

For more information about the event or the organization's fundraising efforts, contact Tasha Anderson at 605-664-4244 or email hhs@midconetwork.com. Heartland Humane Society serves Yankton and Clay counties in South Dakota and Cedar County in Nebraska and surrounding communities, protecting and enhancing the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people.

Visit Heartland Humane Society online at www.heartlandhumanesociety.net.

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