Comedy Night raffle benefits animal shelter |

Comedy Night raffle benefits animal shelter

by staff

Gloria Rosenbaum, who has worked for Walt Disney and makes one-of-a-kind Santa Claus figures for the likes of Marie Osmond and Annette Funicello, recently provided a handmade Santa to be raffled at a comedy show in Minden in November.

The Santa figure is worth $1,800, and a portion of the proceeds from the raffle will go to the Douglas County Animal Control Shelter’s adoption/socialization yard. The drawing will be held at the Nov. 13 Comedy Night Live at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Ticket sales began at the October comedy show, Rosenbaum said. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5.

The new adoption/socialization yard opened recently with the completion of a perimeter fence, said Rhonda Fingar of animal control, though landscaping, concrete work, benches, pens and other items are yet to come.

People have been saving aluminum cans for about a year and a half to purchase materials for the yard, and other donations have come in from service clubs.

The area will be used by people seeking to adopt animals, according to Fingar. They will be able to take the animal outdoors and get to know it.

“It’s a lifelong decision to choose a pet,” Fingar said, adding that it’s difficult to get to know a dog inside the foyer of the shelter or even outside on the front entrance.

The area will be used to exercise dogs. Even now, before the yard has been completely landscaped, volunteers take animals outside to play. Dogs can become stressed when confined to the small space in the indoor kennels, according to Fingar. In addition, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will use the yard to train and exercise dogs in the K-9 unit and also host statewide police dog agility training, which is held once a month and rotated around the state.

Eventually, Fingar said, the area will feature sheltered benches on concrete pads where potential adopters may sit out of the hot sun or bad weather and get to know the animals.

An obstacle course will be designed for the K-9 unit with the help of the DCSO, and landscaping including trees will be coordinated with Craig Burnside of the parks division, who installed the animal shelter’s front entrance area and won a statewide award for design.

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