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Cough It Up: Fur Ball 2010

Jury-Duty Spay and Neuter Raise Money for Homeless Pets
By Jennie McKeon

It’s time to cough up your money and support Jury-Duty Spay and Neuter at the second annual Fur Ball.

The Fur Ball will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Pensacola Cultural Center. The purpose of the event is to raise money to spay and neuter homeless pets in the Pensacola community.

“We assist all pet owners with information and resources in our community,” said Jury-Duty Spay and Neuter co-founder Cynthia Farrar in an e-mail interview. “With the establishment of a low income program, we can now focus on abandoned and free-roaming pets which are the one population that clearly is not being addressed through any governmental programs.”

The event will include live music from local band Malpractice, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and live and silent auctions.

“There is something for every member of the family, including Fluffy and Fido,” Farrar said.

Cynthia and Gregory Farrar started Jury-Duty Spay and Neuter in 2004 after the passing of their cat, Jury. Since then, the non-profit organization has funded over 3,000 spay and neuter surgeries. To provide the services, Jury-Duty has established relationships with veterinarians throughout the Escambia community who provide reduced-rate surgeries for qualified clients.

“The veterinarians in our community have been very generous with their time and talents,” added Farrar.

Tickets are $35 per person or $65 per couple. All proceeds go directly to spaying and neutering homeless animals.

“We are an organization made up of volunteers and our main source of funds is through this event and donations through the generosity of the community,” Farrar said. “Euthanasia is not an acceptable solution to the pet overpopulation that we are experiencing in our community. We can change this; we can make a difference. You can make a difference. Pensacola loves its pets.”

FUR BALL 2010
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4; live auction begins at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St.
COST: $35 per person or $65 per couple
DETAILS: furball2010.org or 438-FIXX (3499)