Portland, September 27th, 2014. 136 supporters and volunteers crowded the World Forestry Center for Animal Aid‘s tenth annual “Bet for Pets” Casino Night. The benefit raised almost $44,000 to support the no-kill animal welfare nonprofit. KPTV co-anchor Kimberly Maus acted as emcee for a great night of casino gaming, silent and live auctions, and 100 bottle “Wall of Wine” raffle, “happy tails” speakers talking about their beloved adopted animals, custom cocktails (you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the “Cosmo Kitty” and the “Ay, Chihuahua”!), and a fabulous selection of appetizers and desserts. Board President Doug Brooks gave a brief summary of the year’s highlights. (photo credit, Kris Gould)

The World Forestry Center was decked out for the event.

The World Forestry Center was decked out for the event.

 A lucky guest reacts to the news that he has won the entire Wall of Wine

A lucky guest reacts to the news that he has won the
entire Wall of Wine

In addition to regular rescue and adoption activities, this included much-needed renovations at the shelter, construction of an emergency dog kennel, and providing financial and organizational help establish small animal housing at Washington County’s Monika’s House, one of only three domestic violence shelters in Oregon that allows residents to bring their pets with them to safety.

From Animal Aid:

Since its founding in 1969, Animal Aid has helped tens of thousands of companion animals through our rescue and adoption programs for homeless animals, financial and volunteer support of spay/neuter efforts, and by providing funds to guardians unable to pay for urgent veterinary care.

We receive no tax dollars, and thus our work is only made possible by yourgenerous support. Learn more about our mission and ways you can help.

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