The Friends of the Animal Shelter (aka Hometown Mutts) turns five years old in November. To celebrate, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit held a birthday “pawty” at the Spencer County Extension Office on Saturday.

The 150+ attendees enjoyed the finger food, such as meatballs, little smokies, fruit and cheese trays, and sandwiches, catered by Tammy Owen, and cake and cookies for dessert.

The highlight of the evening was the entertainment by Louisville comedian Brad Lanning.

“Before coming up here to the stage, I took a look at all the silent auction items in the back, and I have to say. If there is ever a quilt and bourbon shortage, I know a county in Kentucky that can help out with that,” joked Lanning. The hour long set. Lanning had everyone laughing at one point or another with jokes that related to both the older crowd, and the youth in attendance.

The silent auction consisted of over 50 items donated by local businesses and individuals, ranging from, as Lanning mentioned, quilts and bourbon, to electronics and homemade desserts, and everything in between. There were also door prizes, and raffles.

Overall, it was a fun night had by all, and was very successful for the Friends. All proceeds from this and all fundraisers are saved for future building funds for emergency medical intervention for homeless animals. When ample money is raised, the long-term goal of building will commence. At the same time, the Friends will continue to provide funds for the urgent medical needs of homeless animals.

“It’s All for the Paws!” For more information on the Friends of the Animal Shelter, or to donate, call Jill Steier at 649-0045, or Lynette Mason at 727-6771.