Pet Notes: Dog washes, SPCA’s Cat Tales, charity auctions in July

There are several chances in July to get your pooch cleaned at charity dog washes in Raleigh and Clayton.
There are several chances in July to get your pooch cleaned at charity dog washes in Raleigh and Clayton. MARK SCHULTZ -

SAFE Haven for Cats, a nonprofit Raleigh-based rescue group, hosts its 4th Annual “Cat”sino Royale on Friday, July 15.

The fundraising event will feature casino games, appetizers, wine, beer and more. It takes place 6:30-10 p.m. at A Step to Gold, 6278 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Guests will receive a drink ticket and $1,000 in gaming chips to try their luck at Black Jack, Craps, Poker and Roulette. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and bingo. 50/50 raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5.

Dress is casual, but guests must be 21 years old to play the casino games.

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Cat Tales

The SPCA of Wake County’s popular Cat Tales reading program for kids continues through August.

The program invites children in grades K-5 to the SPCA Adoption Center to read their favorite stories to shelter cats, so that they can develop confidence in their reading abilities in a fun and pressure-free environment. They can also take a tour of the Adoption Center, meet the animals, and learn about responsible pet ownership.

Sessions are one hour long and take place every other Thursday. The next session is Thursday, July 21 (12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.). Other scheduled sessions are on August 4 and August 18. A parent or guardian must attend with their child. Sessions are limited to 10 participants, so register early to reserve space.

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Dirty dog?

Unleashed, the Cat and Dog Store, will host a few charity dog washes this month.

▪ First up is a C.A.R.E. For Animals Dog Wash at Unleashed’s Lake Boone location (2460 Wycliff Road, Raleigh), Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

▪ Also on July 16, Second Chance Pet Adoption will wash dogs at the store’s Stonehenge location (7414 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

▪ On Saturday, July 23, the Merit Pit Bull Foundation hosts a dog wash at the Stonehenge location from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Dog still dirty?

RUFF, an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue group based in Garner, will hold a dog wash at Hudson’s Hardware in Clayton (77 Amelia Church Road) on Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to dog washes, they’ll also trim nails and clean ears. Costs range from $7 to $15. Proceeds benefit homeless dogs and cats.

If you can’t make this one, they’ll scrub pooches at the same location on August 27 and September 24.

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IAR Painted Chair Auction

The Independent Animal Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit animal rescue based in Durham, will hold its 14th Painted Chair & More Auction on Saturday, July 30.

The auction is the group’s largest fundraiser, and they hope to raise $45,000 for foster care and adoption programs for dogs and cats, and for the funding of spay/neuter programs.

The auction will feature hand-crafted painted furniture, artwork, jewelry, vacations, pottery, performances, services and dining. Included is a handmade dog bed, which earned Durham’s Girl Scout Troop 810 a woodworking badge.

It takes place 5-9 p.m. at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. There’s a silent auction from 5-7 p.m. and a live auction beginning at 7. There is also live music by the Dogwood Blossom Band, refreshments and a wine/beer bar.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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