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Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:05 AM

'First Look': Animal advocates to hold 'Applause for Paws' fundraiser

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    Anne Quinn and Karen Marousek of the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation talk with Californian columnist Lois Henry on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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To help continue its work on behalf of animals, the Friends of the Kern County Animal Shelters Foundation will put on a fundraiser called "Applause for Paws" June 8.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show with three comedians kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Bakersfield Women's Club, 2030 18th St. The evening of dinner and comedy also includes a silent auction, opportunity drawings and a cash bar. It's $30 per person, or $50 a couple.

"All of the money goes to the animals," Karen Marousek, a board member of the group, said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The organization aims to support Kern County Animal Shelters, improve conditions in local shelters and reduce animal overpopulation.

"It's a sad situation. It's an overwhelming situation," Californian columnist Lois Henry said.

The foundation does everything from providing $20 for cats and $40 for dogs spay/neuter vouchers to offering mobile spay/neuter clinics and giving money for emergency vet care for animals that come to the shelters abused or injured. The Friends also purchase items needed by the county shelters.

Friends previously ran three to four spay/neuter clinics a year, and will still offer about two a year, but has changed to a voucher system to reach more animals.

"Spay and neuter your pets. Won't you?" host Scott Cox said.

Learn more at friendsofkernshelters.org.



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