Animal Charity's fundraiser for furry friends a success

Two hundred attend second annual Fur ball to benefit Animal Charity

By Brandon Klein


Animal lovers throughout the area enjoyed a night of charity, entertainment and food Saturday evening at Animal Charity Humane Society’s second annual Fur Ball at The B&O Station downtown.

“It’s to raise funds for the humane department to help neglected and abused animals in Mahoning County,” said Krista Milford, a humane-society board member.

Animal Charity, located at 4140 Market St. in Boardman, serves as the humane society for all of Mahoning County.

“The more funds we raise, the more [humane] agents we can get out on the streets,” Milford added.

The event featured Nevaeh, a boxer mixed-breed dog who’s available for adoption. Some of the attendees enjoyed petting her at the event, including Lori Hromyak of Youngstown.

“I hope she finds her forever home,” she said.

Those attending also enjoyed local food, music, a cash bar and two auctions. Shalyse Bolash, Animal Charity’s executive director, said there were about 40 baskets with various items for the silent auction, and about 15 items for the live auction, conducted by Jeff Byce of Byce Auction & Realty in Youngstown.

“I’m a big supporter of Animal Charity,” he said.

Byce said he expects the event to get bigger each year, noting the turnout at Saturday’s event was a third more than anticipated this year.

“I was shocked to see this many people,” he said.

About 200 people attended, said Mary Louk, Animal Charity’s board president.

Although Fur Ball 2015 is a general fundraising event, Byce said he is working to find another building for the agency.

“Our ultimate goal is to get another building to expand the clinic and the shelter,” Louk said.

She said the agency has outgrown its current facility, which can hold up to 30 dogs for them to live comfortably, and they want to at least double that number.

Audrea Svoboda of Poland brought her family to the event as they own 10 pets — nine cats and one dog.

“We’re here to support that cause,” she said.

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