‘Paws for Celebration’ on Saturday

LIHUE — The Kauai Humane Society’s annual “Paws for Celebration” is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club.

The gala is the largest fundraiser for KHS, raising about $120,000 last year. It includes dinner, music with Paula Fuga, entertainment and live and silent auctions.

An evening highlight will be a presentation of a certificate by County Councilman Derek Kawakami in recognition of the Kauai Humane Society’s 65 years of service.

Betty Unanian will be given the Humane-Atarian Award. She has been volunteering with KHS for nearly 40 years and has been a member of the board of directors for 27 years.

“As Betty celebrates her 90th birthday this year, raise a glass with us and honor her exemplary volunteer contributions that have helped so many island animals,” a flier said.

KHS employs about 50 full- and part-time workers and is struggling to keep up with demand for its help. It is beyond capacity, with about 150 cats and dogs, which doesn’t include those in foster homes.

The first Dog House Beer Fest held earlier this year was a fundraiser for KHS and Junior Achievement.

Paws for Celebration is the main annual fundraiser for KHS. Funds go toward general operations and the pet transfer program.

About 200 tickets have been sold and they are still available at kauaihumane.org.

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