Shake your booty to foster more tail-wagging in the county this weekend.


Shake your booty to foster more tail-wagging in the county this weekend.



Saturday brings the seventh of the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society’s Bow Wow Bash Masquerade Party.



The Bow Wow Bash will be held 6-10 p.m. ET at the Centennial Building.



The Bow Wow Bash, a dash of food, fun, music and Halloween, represents the major fundraiser each year for the Humane Society.



 “The funding we get from the county and (city of Port St. Joe) is about 20 percent of what it costs to operate the Humane Society for the year,” said Sandi Christy of the Humane Society board. “The Bow Wow Bash is the one event we count on each year to put us over the top, so to speak.”



This year’s event will be catered by Sunset Coastal Grill and its executive chef Ian Williams. Guests will enjoy a cash bar, masquerade contest (costumes for attendees is strictly optional) and there will be live music.



There will be silent and live auctions (credit cards accepted) that will culminate with the drawing for a new iPad. (Tickets for the iPAd drawing are $10 or three for $25 and are available at various locations around Port St. Joe, the Bow Wow Beach Shop on Reid Avenue and at www.bowwowbash.org).



The auctions will include items from local artist Jan Sapte, including a handcrafted fused-glass plate and handmade quilt featuring seabirds pictured here; a two-night stay at the Windsor Court Hotel, a 4-Diamond hotel in the French Quarter in New Orleans; a spa/golf package at the Silverado Resort in Napa; a 10-person Mad Hatter Murder Mystery Dinner hosted by Jill and Mike Davis; and a number of other “quality items” that Christy has lined up.



Prizes will also be awarded to the winners of the costume contests, including Best Couple, Best Man, Best Woman and Best Overall.



Door prizes will be given throughout the event.



All proceeds from this function are used to the Humane Society and its mission to help the needy animals of Gulf County.



The Humane Society currently has 56 dogs and 29 cats at the shelter; 12 dogs training in the DAWGS in Prison program; and four dogs and six cats in foster care.



The DAWGS in Prison program spearheaded by the Humane Society has saved more than 230 dogs, and provided life skills to even more inmates at the Gulf Forestry Camp over more than three years.



The DAWGS in Prison program, a free spay and neuter program the Humane Society offers to all Gulf County residents, outreach during SaltAir Farmer’s Markets and other events to increase animal adoptions, have come to fruition due to a dedicated staff and a small army of volunteers.



“We have very generous people who visit us and also very generous volunteers who live here,” Christy said. “None of this would be possible without them. But it is very difficult to continue to do more with less. Our shelter is over five years old and our costs are up.



 “We have seen a real increase in owner surrenders and an increase in animals left behind. Hundreds of animals are abandoned every year in our area and money raised at events like the Bow Wow Bash helps us comfortably house and care for them while they are waiting for their forever homes.”



Tickets for the nighttime event are $30 each or $300 for a reserved table for 10 which includes a free drink ticket per person.  All proceeds benefit the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and the animals of Gulf County.



Tickets are available at Bow Wow Beach Shop on Reid Ave. in Port Saint Joe or at St. Joseph Bay Humane Society on 10th Street in Port Saint Joe or by emailing: www.bowwowbash.org.



For more information contact www.sjbhumanesociety.org or www.bowwowbash.org.



The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that serves all of Gulf County.