‘Paws-ghetti’ dinner at Madison Place to benefit animal shelter

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published March 15, 2019


MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Animal Shelter continues to hold fundraisers to raise the money needed to save as many homeless animals as possible.

“Last year, the shelter used over $18,000 in donations helping animals see the vet, many of whom may have never gotten the medical attention they needed otherwise,” said Justin Holland, the city’s animal control officer.

The next major fundraiser is called “Paws-ghetti,” a pasta dinner buffet set for Friday, March 22, at Madison Place. The union hall is located at 876 Horace Brown Drive, south of 13 Mile Road, just east of Interstate 75. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner is at 6 p.m. 

There will be vegetarian options, dessert, and both hot and cold beverages. There will also be door prizes, raffles and free activities for the children. Adults pay $10, while kids pay $5.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will help cover the medical expenses of Moose, a terrier mix at the shelter who is being treated for heartworm.  

“He will need a quiet home to undergo the medication required to kill off the adult heartworms, since any excitement may cause a heart attack,” Holland said. 

The shelter currently has numerous dogs and cats all in need of placement. Along with Moose, there is Domino, a Dalmatian mix; Tuffy, a tabby kitten with some antisocial tendencies who will need a very patient home; Jazzy, a senior calico looking for a permanent home to enjoy her golden years; and Slurpee, a cat that Holland said will need time to come out of her shell. 

“This (pasta dinner buffet) is going to be a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy themselves while benefiting those animals that society often forgets,” Holland said. “There will be raffles and prizes as well, which only increases the value the event brings.”

In 2018, the shelter adopted out 72 animals. At this early point in 2019, the shelter has already found homes for 15 animals. Holland credits the entire team at the shelter.

“The volunteers and shelter staff dedicate hours of personal time and energy into the care and socialization of the animals at our shelter,” he said. “Over 2,500 hours were volunteered in 2018.” 

Corey Haines, the chief of the Madison Heights Police Department, said Holland is doing excellent work as the shelter’s newest animal control officer. He also encouraged residents to show their support at the benefit. 

“It’s an important event for the shelter so that the shelter can continue to provide needed medical care for the animals,” said Haines, who himself is an animal lover and served as the city’s first K-9 officer. 

“Although the shelter does have a small annual budget, the needs of the animals greatly outweigh the amount of budgeted funds on a yearly basis,” he said. “The donations allow the shelter to provide necessary medications and surgical procedures for many animals throughout the year.”

Added Holland: “Our shelter does its best to maintain the highest possible save rate while still serving the public interest.”