Street Paws to host annual fundraiser


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent



Kristi Butler said if more people were aware of the number of animals that are without a home of their own, they’d probably be surprised.

“There is a pack of dogs in Clayton County that we’ve been following for four years,” said Butler, founder and president of Street Paws Inc., in Henry County. “We’ve pulled 48 of their puppies off the street in four years. It’s illegal to trap, neuter and spay a dog, so our only options are death or a sanctuary for them.”

Street Paws will host its fourth annual Spayghetti Dinner fundraiser on March 25 from 3-8 p.m., at First Baptist of McDonough West Campus. Tickets are $10 each and the funds will go toward supporting a future Clayton County animal shelter location in Clayton County.

Butler noted that her organization’s efforts have been instrumental in preventing the aforementioned pack of dogs from growing larger.

“If all 48 of those puppies had reproduced over the last four years, the numbers would be astounding,” she said. “They do know that we take their puppies, so we’re a threat to them. But all of them have been raised knowing that’s where their food comes from.”

The nonprofit organization has rescued more 171 neglected animals from the streets since 2013, providing pet education, and reducing the homeless animal population through its spay- and-neuter program. Street Paws’ goal is to raise $12,000 to build a fence on its recently-leased property in Jonesboro, to serve as a sanctuary for feral dogs that are rescued by the group.

“It takes a village and we need the public’s help to make this dream a reality,” said Butler.

Butler said her organization has also worked to cut down on the number of homeless felines in the area as well as the “public nuisance” they bring. She added that “animals living on the street all need our help.”

“We know that the impact of fixing just one cat is phenomenal,” she said. “Cats go in heat in the middle of winter if there’s a warm spell.”

Along with a spaghetti dinner, the fundraiser will feature a silent auction, music, vendor booths and door prizes. Sponsors for the fundraiser include Bloom, True Value, Heritage Cadillac, Mama Bear Boutique, Scentsy, Southside Support Inc,, Sunflower Fields Handcrafted Originals, Heat & Bubbles, Stone Mountain Toyota, The New Depot Players, Fairview Animal Hospital and Little Bones & Bows.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available online at www.streetpaws.org/events/ or from a volunteer. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event.

For more information or to become a sponsor, visit www.streetpaws.org, e-mail streetpaws@ymail.com or call 678-994-6595.