entral Oregonians love to support a good cause—especially when it protects the area's furriest citizens. Perhaps that's why Bend Spay+Neuter Project's annual Fur Ball was voted Best Local Fundraiser—or maybe it's the stars of the show that won the community over. With dogs dolled up and strutting their stuff on the catwalk, it's no surprise that this unusual fashion show sells out every year, keeping the animal-loving nonprofit up and running.
Bend Spay+Neuter Project's executive director Megan Gram says, "By providing programs designed to keep pets and people together, and through partnerships with local shelters and rescues, Bend Spay+Neuter Project mission is to make sure every pet in Central Oregon has a loving home."
According to Gram, the nonprofit has performed almost 50,000 low to no-cost surgeries without a penny of federal funding. It also provides affordable preventative veterinary care and pet food in an effort to eliminate financial constraints as a barrier to animal ownership.
Bend Spay+Neuter Project depends solely on funds from events and monies donated by individuals and businesses. The Fur Ball, scheduled for Aug. 18, is its biggest fundraiser of the year. Along with the fashion show, attendees will enjoy music by Shireen Amini and Flip Flop Sounds, dinner and an auction.
2017 Fur Ball
Fri., Aug. 18
Shevlin Park, Aspen Hall
18920 Shevlin Park Rd., Bend
Bend Spay + Neuter Project
910 SE Wilson, Ste. A1, Bend
2nd Place Tuxes and Tails