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Fling for furry friends

Friends of the Animal Shelter will host its 18th annual Puss 'n Boots Ball on Saturday. Last year more than 220 people attended the event, which raised about $24,000, all of which went to support FOTAS programs, including a medical fund for shelter animals needing special medical treatment to make them healthy and adoptable, according to the group.

"This year — since the shelter receives no general fund money from the county — FOTAS again will help with medical support as well as 'Two-Fur-One,' a program that saves the lives of cats and kittens by paying a second adoption fee," FOTAS president Peggy Moore said.

FOTAS also funded and helps the shelter maintain a fenced play yard for dogs and the Slim Jim dog-walking path. More than 210 active FOTAS volunteers care for animals at the shelter. FOTAS also maintains photoboards at locations featuring adoptable pets, provides foster homes for dogs or cats needing temporary special attention and participates in educational programs.

This year's Puss 'n Boots Ball features a gourmet dinner buffet by Quality Catering from Cafe Dejeuner, a cash bar with and dancing to the music of The Rogue Suspects. Costume prizes will be awarded to best group, couple or animal-theme costumes; and the most creative, scary and unusual costumes. Participants will have the chance to bid on hundreds of items donated by regional businesses and artisans during a silent auction. FOTAS is also doing a second year of live auction items featuring, among others, vacation getaways to the Siskiyou Mountains, Ashland, and the Pistol and Smith River areas, in addition a handmade quilt with a dog theme.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Tickets are $35 per person, $315 for a table of 10. For more information, see fotas.org, call 774-6646 or e-mail fotas@mind.net.