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Shelter ball Saturday

Friends of the Animal Shelter will host its 18th annual fundraising Puss 'n Boots Ball in Ashland on Saturday.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Tickets are $35 per person.

Last year more than 220 people attended the event, which raised about $24,000, all of which went to support Friends of the Animal Shelter programs, including a medical fund for shelter animals needing special medical treatment to make them healthy and adoptable, according to the group.

The group also funded and helps the shelter maintain a fenced play yard for dogs and the Slim Jim dog-walking path. More than 200 FOTAS volunteers care for animals at the shelter. FOTAS also maintains photo boards 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 dinner buffet by Quality Catering from Cafe Dejeuner, a cash bar and dancing to the music of The Rogue Suspects.

Prizes will be awarded for 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.

Details: fotas.org.

— Staff reports

Shelter ball Saturday