By Leila Dycus, Staff Writer
The Morgan County Humane Society (HSMC) put their own twist on Black Friday this year by hosting their annual Bow Wow Breakfast. “I loved feeding people, loved watching people get excited about the auction items, and watching Santa with the children and pets just made my heart sing,” said humane society director Belinda Bell.
On Friday, Nov. 29 humane society staff, board members and volunteers gathered at the Morgan County Lion’s Club building on Fairgrounds Road to host the Bow Wow Breakfast. The breakfast was an effort set up by the HSMC to raise money for the sick and injured animal fund.
According to Belinda Bell the sick and injured animal fund allows the organization to rescue adoptable animals that need a little extra medical attention. “Our general medical costs are astronomical and we have to be very careful about taking on extra medical expenses,” said Bell.
“This fund gives a little wiggle room and lets us save more animals.” The morning included: a pancake and bacon breakfast complete with warm drink as well as a silent auction and pictures with Santa.
When crowds walked through the doors of the Lion’s Club, they were greeted by a cheerful set of volunteers. To the left of the doors was Santa seated in a chair donated for use by Harris Furniture of Madison. Behind him, a backdrop of snowflakes and a Christmas tree.
Attendees were encouraged to get their pictures taken with Santa. Celia Horvath, one of the humane society’s staff members, took the pictures. Pictures were purchased for $5 and were emailed to families. Children whispered to Santa their Christmas wishes. Even the dogs had a chance to get their portraits made with Santa. Watching kids and pets get their pictures with Mr. Claus warmed the hearts of the humane society staff and volunteers.
According to Bell, the Bow Wow Breakfast has evolved and grown over the years. This year, the event was more than just a breakfast; it included a silent auction. The silent auction featured different items from local businesses such as get-away weekends, gift cards to restaurants and various different novelty items.
Board members and their families served pancakes to the crowds while children visited the balloon artist. Four-legged friends were encouraged to experience the event as much as their owners.
Many of the pets were able to make new friends of their own. Success stories of animals adopted from the Morgan County Humane Society made their appearances visiting with the staff that so lovingly took them in. “This event is very important to our mission of saving animals,” said Bell. The morning came to a close with the pulling of a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets have been on sale at the center for quite some time now for a custom doghouse.
The house was decorated and served as a centerpiece for the Bow Wow Breakfast. Santa did the honors pulling the winning ticket. This year’s Bow Wow Breakfast raised close to $3,000 to help sick and injured animals find their forever homes. According to Bell the event will happen again next year around the same time.
The HSMC encourages people to look for the event next year and to like them on Facebook to see animals that the fund has already saved, as well as stories of new animals that will be impacted by the money raised. The humane society welcomes anyone who would like to volunteer, sponsors and donate action items anytime.