Wine Dinner to raise funds for Humane Society

Human Society director Rebecca Stevens pets a pup at the center. (Photo by Adam Aasen)
Human Society director Rebecca Stevens pets a pup at the center. (Photo by Adam Aasen)

The Humane Society for Hamilton County wants to find homes for all of their dogs. But some pooches pull at your heartstrings a little more than others.

Jade was one of those dogs.

The black pit bull-mix had her teeth pulled out by previous owners who forced her to breed. She had tumors all over her body due to breast cancer.

Humane Society Executive Director Rebecca Stevens fought hard to find a home for her, letting her sleep by her desk in her office. She found money for Jade’s surgery to remove the tumors, but finding a home took time.

Now, Steven and Beth Meyer, an Indianapolis couple, has fallen in love with this survivor.

“She is the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen,” Beth said with a laugh. “When I first met her I was concerned because she didn’t seem that interested in us, but now she is my shadow. I knew she wasn’t going to have much of a chance. We’re happy we found her.”

Jade gets to lounge around on their couches – her favorite thing to do – and be part of a family.

And she might not have been available for adoption had she not been brought to the Hamilton County shelter. This shelter is no-kill, which means they only euthanize cats or dogs in extreme cases. This is unusual and puts a lot of extra onus to find money and space to accommodate these creatures.

There’s something inspiring about an organization fighting for the “hard-sell” cases.

I didn’t get my dog Alfie, a 2-year-old Shiba Inu, at a shelter, but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand the importance. My Facebook page is probably 90 percent photos of my dog. I spoil him. I dress him in a Colts jersey on game day and take him to doggie day care. That’s why it breaks my heart to see people neglect such animals. If I didn’t live alone, I’d adopt a few shelter dogs and cats to be friends with Alfie.

That’s why I want to promote a great event at Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, located in the Carmel Arts & Design District. On Oct. 21, the family-owned operation will host a six-course wine dinner to raise money for the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

Attendees will receive unique wines from Crossroads Vintners, expertly paired with each dish. Past wine dinners have included such gourmet offerings as sea bass, pumpkin tortellini, osso buco, lobster ravioli and roasted pork.

This fundraiser is officially vetted by the shelter and a portion of the proceeds is guaranteed to support these furry friends. In addition, there will be door prizes and art available for sale to raise even more funds for the organization.

A reception starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $90 per person and tickets can be purchased over the phone or in person. For more information, call 564-4790.