Tinsel & Tails returns Nov. 17 to benefit Humane Society for  Hamilton County

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Tinsel & Tails: Holiday Petacular, the annual winter fundraiser for the Humane Society for Hamilton County, is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Ritz Charles. Tickets start at $105 per person for the dinner and presentation. The event will also include a silent auction.

HSHC Executive Director Rebecca Stevens said the nonprofit always tries to top what it did the year before. Last year, it announced at Tinsel & Tails that Gracie, a paraplegic pit bull who was hit by a car and left for dead, finally found a forever home after 13 months of living in a small office at the HSHC in Noblesville.

Stevens said there will be 6 to 10 animals featured during the program this year. She can’t say which ones, but she guarantees there will be some “happy tears” in the crowd.

“It’s always a surprise, and in fact it’s a surprise to our staff, too,” she said. “It’s maybe a group of five or six that know.”

Stevens said the annual event is also a good time to look back on the accomplishments from the previous year. She said she will announce some record-breaking numbers from the recent Woofstock event and talk about future goals — including the continuing need to look for land for a new building — but she said the thing she’s most proud of is her staff.

“Since we’re a no-kill shelter and we don’t turn away animals, every day we’re scrambling to find room, and there’s never enough,” she said. “There are good days where we have lots of adoptions, and we have tough days when you get something like a hoarding case. I’m so proud of our staff.”

Every year the event sells out with around 600 attendees. Last year, HSHC raised $80,000 at the fundraiser.

To buy tickets or contribute an item for the silent auction, visit http://www.hamiltonhumane.com/programs/events/tinsel-tails.

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