By Katie Benfield
This Saturday, the Spay-Neuter Is a Positive Solution committee of Watauga County Humane Society will be hosting its Valentine’s Day Event at the Center Court at the Boone Mall from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
“It’s going to be a real big, festive, all day event where people can shop for Valentine’s Day gifts for their special people or themselves,” Susan King, a member of SNIPS, said.
SNIPS is an organization through the Watauga Humane Society that encourages the spaying and neutering of the community’s animals by offering financial assistance to those who can’t afford the procedure. Spaying and neutering animals not only eliminates certain health risks but it also leads to decreasing the homeless population of animals in the High Country.
“We raise as much money as we can to support people who need help to get their animals fixed,” King said.
The event will include a variety of performances including a clogging performance at 1 p.m. by the High Country Dance Studio Adult Cloggers. Not only this, but the Lost Jewels Bellydance, a troupe that has been dancing and performing together since 2002, will perform at 1:30 p.m. from the Art in Motion Studio and Vintage Jewels.
The High Country Dance Studio Adult Cloggers are under direction of Vanessa Minton and is made up of 16 individuals who love supporting the community and SNIPS events in any way that they can. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to see them in action.
Along with these dance performances, there will also be Valentine’s Day crafts and gifts for sale. You will be able to find extravagant diamonds, rubies, emeralds and opals, along with pet toys, home accents, gift cards and so much more!
“We will have beautiful handmade things; we have some wonderful crafters on our committee,” King said. “One of our wonderful members is a jewelry collector, and she is bringing some of her lovely collection to sell.”
At 5:00, the WHS will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Day Raffle at the Center Court at the Mall close to the SNIPS table. According to King, the raffle will have pieces of beautiful, expensive jewelry.
All of the proceeds from this event go towards the Watauga Humane Society’s spay-neuter community assistance programs.
“All the funds will be going to our special, our spay and neuter special which will hopefully be this month,” King said, “to help people take care of their pets.”
In the year 2016, SNIPS raised over $20,000 from craft sales and donations, and all of this money went directly to providing financial support for the spaying and neutering of animals, as well as, providing hundreds of animals with vaccinations needed to live.
With help from the community, the Valentine’s Day event this Saturday can help bring SNIPS one step closer to reaching its goal for 2017 and improving the lives of animals within the High Country.
Admission to the event is free, so there is no charge to come by, peruse some handmade and Valentine-themed crafts and beautiful jewelry and watch some talented performers. No pets are allowed inside the Boone Mall.
SNIPS is always looking for volunteers to help make original arts and crafts and/or help with their sales at our many vending opportunities throughout our community.
An upcoming SNIPS event is on February 28 for World Spay Day at Basil’s Restaurant. Basil’s will donate 15% of the proceeds to SNIPS. Dogs are allowed at outdoor seatings. There will also be a silent auction from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
For more information about this event, upcoming events or getting involved with SNIPS, call 828-719-6105 or visit the Watauga County Humane Society website.