This year Dixie Day Spay will present the third annual Compassion in Action awards to 11 community members who have contributed the most toward the phenomenal success at reducing both intake and euthanasia rates at Cleveland Animal Control in 2012. The number of animals saved at Cleveland Animal Control has reached 85 percent or better in the last part of 2012.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with the decorating of a live tree in front of the clinic. However, the tree will not be strung with lights and tinsel. The tree will be filled with special holiday treats for wildlife and birds. Those attending are encouraged to make their own ornaments and decorations for the tree.
A collection bin will be placed under the tree for donations of dog and cat food. Those attending are encouraged to place their gifts for rescue animals under the tree.
The food will be used for the animals in foster care through local rescue organizations that partner with Dixie Day Spay.
Beginning about 6:30, the Compassion in Action Awards will be presented.
About 6:45 p.m., the Winter Celebration for the Creatures will culminate with a candlelight vigil for homeless animals.
During this time, Dixie Dogs and Cats President Betti Gravelle will ask those in attendance to remember homeless animals who died at Cleveland Animal Control in the past fiscal year and “to recommit themselves to ending the travesty in 2012.”
During the vigil, Kathy Isbill will sing the old English carol “The Friendly Beasts.”
Following the Winter Celebration for the Creatures, those attending will be invited to come inside the clinic for hot cider and dessert to celebrate the three-year anniversary of Dixie Day Spay offering the life-saving services of spay/neuter.
More than 14,000 animals have been spayed and neutered since the clinic opened in fall 2009.
Dixie Day Spay is located at 182 Airport Road N.W.
For more information about the Winter Celebration for the Creatures, call 423-457-2519, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dixiepetunderground.org.