Connie and I are both big animal lovers and we have several pets of our own. Currently we have 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 turtles and several tropical fish tanks. When we first met we ended up with a blended family of 4 dogs and 4 cats. Over the years we’ve always wanted to help local pets and for a few years we both served on the Hendricks County Humane Society’s board and volunteered to help with events every chance we could get. As our real estate business took off, we found we could best support local animals with event sponsorships. Our two favorite events we sponsor each year are the 2 largest fundraisers for HCHS, the spring doggie funtime event known as Dogtona and the annual fall wine tasting.
We’ve been involved with Dogtona (a play on NASCAR Daytona 500 held around the same time) since its beginning when the first event was held at the Danville National Guard Armory building. Each year it’s grown in size and popularity and its success has made it one of HCHS’s largest fundraisers. The past several years it’s been held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds Events Center. The base concept is you bring your dogs to Dogtona for hours of fun playtime with other dogs in games, skill tests, photos, and various contests. The cost is only $5 per dog and human companions are free. There are also lots of vender booths with pet products, services, and usually a couple of rescue groups with pets available for adoptions. It’s loads of fun for both the dogs and their human companions. If you haven’t been you should come out to this event with your dog, they’ll have so much fun and you will too. And if you don’t have a dog, just come by and see all the fun.
The Annual Hendricks County Humane Society wine tasting is their other big fundraiser that we have been involved with from the beginning when it was first held in Park Square Manor in Avon. Like Dogtona this event has grown over the years and often succeeds in raising more funds than Dogtona. Like most wine tastings there are several distributers that have various wines to taste and in the past few years they’ve had craft beers and liquors. There are many donated items for a silent auction and delicious hors d’oeuvres to complement the fine drinks. For entertainment they have live music and lately included magicians that wander around to the tables to do tricks for small groups. Another of the new additions is a photo booth which our group loves (photo below from 2019). If you enjoy wine or craft drinks, you’ll love this event and it’s for such a great cause.
To get more information on these events and more be sure and check out the Hendricks County Humane Society website at: https://www.hendrickshumane.org/
If you are looking for a new companion don’t hesitate to contact us as we know several rescues in the area and we can help match you up with what you are looking for. Call us today at 317-563-1110.