Tuxes and Tails with ‘The Nice Catsby’: Humane Society of the Lakes fundraiser set Dec. 3 – Detroit Lakes Tribune

Letitia Denham

DETROIT LAKES — The vacations are a good time to consider adopting a brand new kitten or pet, or an grownup cat or canine, to brighten each your lives and theirs.

That is the message the Humane Society of the Lakes wish to unfold because the native nonprofit prepares for one in every of its largest annual fundraisers, Tuxes and Tails, on Dec. 3.

“We want adopters,” says Tessa Fenu, HSL’s fundraising coordinator and a frequent volunteer at its animal shelter, positioned simply off Freeway 59, north of Detroit Lakes. The shelter itself has a most capability of 25 cats and 25 canine, and whereas many are additionally housed by foster households within the space, HSL nonetheless has a really lengthy ready listing for surrendering animals.

“We’re packed to the max,” Fenu mentioned. “We have now 70 cats on our ready listing, and 20 canine. It is a nationwide subject (i.e., overcrowded animal shelters).”


Sorrell, a two-year-old denizen of the Humane Society of the Lakes shelter, vastly enjoys the enclosed cat mattress that he was given as a Christmas present.

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Although they struggle to not exceed the shelter’s permitted capability, that activity is typically made harder when, say, a litter of kittens is dumped on their doorstep with none warning. “These kittens (or different animals dumped on the shelter) usually have medical points,” she mentioned, and it’s shelter coverage that the animals be wholesome as a way to turn into eligible for adoption.

These medical points can find yourself being fairly pricey, which is why fundraisers like Tuxes and Tails are so vital, Fenu added, as they’re a nonprofit group that is determined by donations to maintain their doorways open.

Like many fundraising occasions throughout the nation, Tuxes and Tails was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve not held it since 2019,” Fenu mentioned. “However we’re bringing it again, and we’re tremendous excited.”

The Dec. 3 occasion at Detroit Lakes’ Vacation Inn will embody “some acquainted issues, and a few new,” she added. “We cannot be having a proper dinner, however there might be heavy appetizers — and desserts!” There may also be a theme, “The Nice Catsby” — a nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, “The Nice Gatsby,” in addition to to the fundraiser’s function — and visitors are inspired to decorate up as flappers, gangsters and different acquainted characters from that period in American historical past.

There may also be event-themed cocktails, just like the Dalmatian and French 75. Not acquainted with these? A few of them are from the Nineteen Twenties period, whereas others have been created specifically for the fundraiser. Wine and beer tasting choices may also be accessible.

And that is not all. There may also be video games of likelihood, like a 50/50 money raffle, wine pull, and extra.

What: The Humane Society of the Lakes Presents “Tuxes and Tails: The Nice Catsby”
When: Saturday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
The place: Vacation Inn, 1155 U.S. Freeway 10, Detroit Lakes
How: Basic admission tickets are $60 every; tiered VIP sponsorships are additionally accessible. To order your seats, go to the HSL Shelter at 19665 U.S. Freeway 59, Detroit Lakes, or organize them on-line through both the HSL web site,


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