The Van Wert County Humane Society is doing a Quarterless Auction this year to raise money for a new shelter so that adoptable pets, like Salsa (pictured), can have a new facility. (Photo courtesy of Jess Ritchey)
The Van Wert County Humane Society is doing a Quarterless Auction this year to raise money for a new shelter so that adoptable pets, like Salsa (pictured), can have a new facility. (Photo courtesy of Jess Ritchey)

VAN WERT – For the second year in a row, the Van Wert County Humane Society is doing a fundraiser to help raise money for a new shelter. Last year’s Quarter Auction drew in around $7,000. This year’s Quarterless Auction, set for Sept. 20, is expected to be even bigger.

“Last year we had 94 auction items and five raffles, and this year we have over 100 donated items, and we’ve actually had to bundle them together so we actually have over 150 donations, and we have eight raffle items,” said Lolly Boley, a Humane Society Volunteer who, with the help of Dawn Freeman, puts the auction together. “People have been very, very generous with us.”

This year the fundraiser has turned into a “Quaterless Auction.” Instead of using quarters, people will buy tickets for a quarter a piece and they will use the tickets to bid.

“It’s less change to carry around and people can know ahead of time how much money they want to bring because we will hand out papers that tell how many tickets each item is,” said Boley. “It seemed like a good thing to try.”

Many businesses and individuals donated this year. Some of the items donated include a charcoal grill donated by Budweiser that includes charcoal and a case of Budweiser, a charcoal grill donated by Paul Lumber, a $100 gift card to Firekeeper Casino, two tickets to Kings Island, and more.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and concessions. Thanks to donations, 100 percent of the money spent that night will go directly toward the building fund.

Boley explained that the Humane Society is desperately in need of a new building for many reasons.

“We’re supposed to have 24 dogs; that’s supposed to be our limit,” said Boley. “But being that we are a no-kill shelter, we don’t euthanize the animals. At last count we were at 37 dogs. So our dogs, instead of having a full kennel, they have a half a kennel.”

Boley also noted that the building is old and lacks proper ventilation and the proper flooring to help with the smell in the shelter.

“We want to update things to make it more friendly for the animals, the volunteers, the public,” said Boley. “This is really a labor of love for Dawn and I.”

Boley noted that she has been a volunteer for around two years while Freeman has been there for around two and a half years. The pair spend their Wednesdays volunteering and urge others to consider also giving back to the community by becoming a Humane Society volunteer.

The Quarterless Auction with be emceed by Vickie Shulte and will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at the Middle Point Community Building at 103 N. Adams St. in Middle Point, Ohio. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the auction starting at 6 p.m.