The Humane Society of Douglas County will host its largest fundraiser, "Paws For Love," virtually this year. The annual auction takes place April 17-25.

Prizes include a romantic getaway for two featuring a hotel stay and helicopter ride; a Disney World vacation; sculptures; stained glass; jewelry; artwork; pottery; signed footballs from the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings; golf packages; dozens of gift baskets featuring items for people and pets; hotel stays; rare coins; and more. Every dollar raised from the event will go to caring for animals in Douglas County.

Superior restaurants are also supporting the Humane Society by offering specials during the week. Just mention "Paws for Love" at Vintage Italian Pizza, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant, Hammond Steakhouse and Culver's to take advantage of the specials.

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During a year of social distancing and Zoom meetings, the Humane Society of Douglas County continued to care for stray and surrendered pets. In 2020, it cared for 928 animals, including 583 cats, 292 dogs and 53 other types of animals, like pigs, horses, ducks, guinea pigs, rabbits and even a bearded dragon.

The pandemic changed how the nonprofit connected with the public, making visits by appointment only. It has also impacted the type of pets they're caring for. There has been an influx of young pets this year.

“One of the trends we're seeing is young animals (around 1 year old) being abandoned or surrendered due to adopters getting their pets when they were in a stay-at-home work situation and now having to go back into offices, and not feeling that they can properly care for them anymore,” fundraising and events coordinator Cheri Fitch said. “These animals are sometimes lacking in socialization with both other animals and humans, and they tend to be very shy with new people making it difficult to find the right homes for them.”

Visit e.givesmart.com/s/:8HjbgFFzeYq/e/k40 to bid on items and learn more about the Humane Society.