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Wag for a Cause

There will be no animals at this Saturday’s Bingo Beach Dance Party, the second-annual celebration of the Willamette Animal Guild (WAG), “just party animals!” says Vanessa Wells-Horner, outreach coordinator at WAG. She is hoping to get lots of tails wagging out on the dance floor as the nonprofit celebrates the more than 20,000 spay and neuter surgeries it has performed on pets and feral animals since January 2008. 

“We want to raise awareness of the importance of spay and neuter and also just the availability of it,” Wells-Horner says. The nonprofit offers financial assistance options to help those in need afford the cost of surgery. “Money is not a reason not to fix your pets,” she says. WAG’s currently offering a cat deal — pay to spay your momma cat, and WAG will fix her whole litter for free. Kitties as young as eight to 10 weeks can be altered, Wells-Horner says.

The fundraiser’s highlights will include DJ Kaatskratch playing beach-themed music “to get people dancing,” Wells-Horner says. There will be carnival games, a raffle and for the $10 admission, you get snacks and two bingo cards for a game hosted by local comedian Leigh Anne Jasheway. There will also be alcohol and snacks available to buy, including some Ninkasi and Cornucopia-made delights.

The 6 to 9 pm May 26 event will be held at the Friends of Norway Lodge, 710 McKinley St. in Eugene. If you’re not a party animal, but a creature of art instead, check out WAG’s silent art auction at Pacific Rim Gallery at 405 Hwy. 99 North through May 26. More info at www.wagwag.org