February 11, 2012 was the annual Paws for Love fund raiser here in Sonoma County. I don't remember how I first learned about Paws for Love, but it is now one of my favorite days of the year. This is a unique event filled with hundreds of auction items, art, wine, food, and pets. The proceeds go towards supporting the adoption and rescue of homeless and abused animals. My two dogs were both homeless before coming to live with us. They are my best friends and are a part of our home and family. They both have so much to offer in terms of companionship and they really don't ask for much in return. I am always trying to find ways to give back to the animal community in celebration of my own two dogs and remembering that giving a homeless animal a second chance is so important.
Paws for Love is founded by Ellyn Jaques Boone. The main focus of the event is Ellyn's year round work with homeless, neglected or abused animals. She helps these animals by painting with them. Their art goes up on display for the evening at the event and also goes up for sale. Each year we come home with a new piece of art to decorate our home with, learn the story of the artist, and support this important event. We also have fun bidding on auction items. Here are a few picture of what we brought home this year (plus two more wine glasses to add to our collection).