Metro Animal Shelter hosting events, raising funds for Bark Bowl competition


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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

Want to help the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter? There’s plenty of ways you can do so, including by grabbing a drink tonight at Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar.

Pups and Pints at the Tuscaloosa riverfront hotel features adoptable dogs, drink specials and a karaoke contest. What’s more, 25% of the proceeds will be donated to TMAS.

TMAS Event Coordinator Becki Pate said there are several other events coming up focused on adoption specials and fundraisers.

A few weeks ago, TMAS hosted a week-long Empty the Shelters event, where all adoption fees were waived. The response was excellent, Pate said.

“We ended up with 70 adoptions,” said Pate. “It’s very high for us, it’s a week long too and we had a few extra days than normal. We are very pleased.”

On top of this success, one of their biggest events that they look forward to each year is the Bark Bowl, a pet-focused Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive.

“It’s a competition between Lee County Humane Society and us,” said Pate. “We’re seeing which shelter can raise the most funds for their shelter. There is no loser, but it’s a friendly competition that we want to win. Because it is in the city of Auburn, we take it seriously.”

The Lee County Humane Society is the reigning champion of the Bark Bowl, and that’s a title TMAS wants back this year.

TMAS is hosting a $5 car wash at the shelter Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for the competition.

All donations that come in for this event and for the entire month of November count toward the Bark Bowl.

Pate said she encourages community members to come out and support these events. If you’re interested in doing a little more legwork, there are volunteer opportunities, too. Visit here to find out more.

And if you’re interested in a team-up between your business and TMAS, you can do that, too.

“If anyone is interested and has a business and wants us to come out to see the dogs, just give us a call and we can see if we can make that happen,” Pate said.

The dogs are always happy getting away from the shelter, she said, and some of them wind up finding their forever home at these events.

“Come out and see us,” said Pate. “It’s always fun to be out and about and see people that have their pets with them from Metro. We love meeting the people and seeing the people.”

For more information and a calendar of all planned events, click right here.

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