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Dogs in tuxedos and cats in ball gowns!

MILWAUKEE – Where else can you meet dogs in tuxedos and cats in ball gowns? Benefiting the Wisconsin Humane Society, the Paws & Claws Gala will be held Saturday, October 20 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the annual fundraiser for the Wisconsin Humane Society boasts an impressive array of silent and live auction items, a fabulous five-star dinner, animal greeters, and a program emceed by Mark Baden of WISN12 News. The theme of this year’s gala is “Catsino Royale” and it is co-chaired by Katina Shaw, Peggy Williams-Smith, and Tim Smith.

The event is the largest-grossing fundraising event of the year for WHS, which receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. Last year’s event raised $287,000 and WHS hopes to raise $320,000 this year.

            WHAT:            Paws & Claws Gala benefiting the Wisconsin Humane Society

            WHEN:           Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

            WHERE:          Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

PHOTO OP:     From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., attendees will be registering and gathering on the seventh floor at the Pfister; this would be the ideal time to speak with a WHS representative, film attendees and view animal greeters on the red carpet. 

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WHS was founded in 1879 and is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin, annually serving 40,000 animals and the people who love them. WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Brown and Door Counties, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis.  The organization offers adoption services, youth programs, veterinary services, retail stores, wildlife rehabilitation, training classes and more. WHS is ranked 4 stars by Charity Navigator, the premier independent charity watchdog group. To learn more, visit


  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • For immediate release
  • Media Contact: Angela Speed
  • 414-431-6104

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