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CJ Extra: Helping Hands Humane Society’s annual fundraiser supports, helps care for animals – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Most events have changed in format this year because of COVID-19, and the same is true for Bone Appetit, a fundraiser that helps defray the costs of Helping Hands Humane Society while celebrating the human-animal connection.

Grace Clinton, director of business development and special events at Helping Hands Humane Society, answered questions about this year’s event.

Could you share Bone Appetit’s history along with its purpose and goals?

Since 2001, Bone Appétit has been our annual dinner and gala fundraiser to help the homeless animals in the Shawnee County community and the greater area of northeast Kansas. This essential fundraiser helps our organization care for over 6,000 animals who come through HHHS’s doors each year, and allows us to celebrate the human-animal bond with our supporters. These funds are vital to continuing our lifesaving mission.

When does this year’s event take place? How has COVID-19 changed this year’s event?

This year will be a bit different than in the past due to COVID-19 restrictions. It is most prudent to host this event virtually. While this decision was not an easy one to come to and we feel the loss of not getting to see everyone in person, we believe that community and public safety are pivotal elements in the work that we do here, and we needed to consider what would be the most prudent for our staff, volunteers and supporters. Our pets need their humans to remain well.

Additionally, COVID-19 has affected our operations tremendously. While we are very grateful for the outpouring of support from our community this year, it’s been a tough year for everyone and non-profits are no exception. We need fundraisers like this each year, even without a pandemic, but this year has proven to be particularly challenging.

The live, silent and wine auctions are some of the highlights of Bone Appétit. The auction will be hosted on a digital platform that you can access and bid from your computer, tablet or phone. Registration for this is free and the link is on our website.

During the livestream, which will take place from 7-8 p.m., you’ll hear about the progress being made to make Topeka a more humane city, as well as meet some adoptable pets and hear updates on some of the wonderful animals that your support has helped us save.

Finally, if you’d like to recreate the fun table atmosphere of our in-person gala, order a five or 10-person party pack, including a catered LaRocca’s Italian meal delivered by HHHS volunteers, a bottle of wine, and event swag bags for your guests. Register and buy your party packs on our website.

What is the admission fee? What will this fee cover?

The admission free for this year’s event is free. Anyone can watch the event on our Facebook or YouTube channels (we recommend YouTube as it allows clearer streaming), and can bid on the silent auction for free. If individuals are interested in receiving a commemorative event bag of goodies as an attendee,

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‘Put these animals in jail’: Trump condemns protestors in Portland

  • President Donald Trump blasted demonstrators who organized in Portland on Sunday evening. 
  • “Put these animals in jail, now,” he tweeted Monday morning. “The Radical Left only knows how to take advantage of very dumb ‘leadership’ fools. This is Biden! Law & Order!”
  • People gathered in the Oregon city for an event called “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage Against Colonialism” to protest Columbus Day and toppled two statues of former presidents. 
  • Trump also tweeted that New York and California have gone “to hell.”
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President Donald Trump doubled down on his “law and order” campaign rhetoric on Monday morning by denouncing protestors in Portland, Oregon, and calling for their arrests after some of them toppled two statues on Sunday night.

“Put these animals in jail, now,” Trump said on Monday morning in a retweeted video of the protests. “The Radical Left only knows how to take advantage of very dumb ‘leadership’ fools. This is Biden! Law & Order!”

The demonstration, called an “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage Against Colonialism,” took aim at Monday’s federal holiday that honors Christopher Columbus. According to the organizers’ website, the event started at 7 p.m. local time. By 9:30 p.m., police deemed the gathering a “riot” after protestors toppled statues of former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, a local news station reported. 

“The Radical Left fools in Portland don’t want any help from real Law Enforcement which we will provide instantaneously. Vote!” Trump tweeted Monday.

Trump is recovering from the coronavirus and trails Democratic nominee Joe Biden in national polls.

The president also encouraged Americans to vote in tweets blasting states he has called “poorly run” by Democrats.

“California is going to hell,” he wrote during his morning tweetstorm. “Vote Trump!”


Trump’s comments are a continuation of his attacks on Democratic leaders and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who he has claimed is weak on “law and order.”

Anti-racism protests have unfolded across big and small cities across the country, and notably in Portland, as people took to the streets to protest police brutality against Black Americans like George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. Some of the protests have led to clashes with police. Biden has defended himself by repeatedly praising peaceful demonstrations and condemning protests that involve looting and destruction to property.

Local outlet Oregon Live reported that crowds dispersed on Sunday evening after the police arrived and appeared to make several arrests. 

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Albany Humane Society can’t take new animals

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – The Albany Humane Society executive board says they are working quickly, to correct violations that forced the facility to stop taking in animals. The Department of Agriculture closed their doors to new animals, and that will impact the city.

a person in a cage: Albany Humane Society no longer taking in animals

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Albany Humane Society no longer taking in animals

The Albany Humane Society was hit with several violations from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, including interior surface, pest control, including a roach infestation, and housing, to name a few of the more severe violations. Officials said they started working on correcting the violations immediately however some will take time to fix.

a person posing for the camera: Lulu Kaufman, Albany Humane Society (Facebook)

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Lulu Kaufman, Albany Humane Society (Facebook)

The original inspection was in August. The Ag Department officials revisited them on Wednesday.

Once they saw not all violations were corrected, they told shelter staff no more intake of animals. They hope to get the rest of the improvements done within the next two weeks if not sooner.

“As soon as we get the few things on the list finished we will be up and in taking of animals. The shelter is open to business as usual with the exception of the intake of animals,” said Lulu Kaufman, who’s been with the board the last three years, and has never seen any violations.

The Albany Humane Society does receive county and city funding.

“The amount of money that we get from the city and the county basically covers our payroll. Anything leftover has to go to the care of animals.”

She said the rest of their funding comes from donors, and If the money isn’t there, the buildings may suffer.

However, over the Summer they got a $20,000 grant from the Atlanta Humane Society to fix their buildings, and are already putting that money to use, and Kaufman welcomes the state’s input.

a man sitting in a chair: Chad Warbington, Albany Ward 4 City Commissioner

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Chad Warbington, Albany Ward 4 City Commissioner

“It’s stuff that they pointed out to me that I’d never really considered so I don’t personally think of it as a bad thing I think of it as a good thing. It helps us to make improvements,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman said these violations did not impact the health of the animals at the shelter. Kauffman said as projects continue to wrap up, they hope to talk to state leaders again in the coming days about reopening sooner.

But where do the animals go now?

“Our animal control is still active. we’re still serving citizens. We’re having to work with our neighboring counties to find places to shelter animals because we can’t bring animals to the humane society so it’s definitely unfortunate. It’s really putting the city in a bind,” said Ward 4 Commissioner Chad Warbington.

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