Share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs with your favorite lady and listen to enchanting Italian music Friday as the Humane Society of Madison County presents its The Lady and the Tramp spaghetti dinner at the First Christian Church on West Main Street.

A live auction will kick off the event at 7 p.m. Friday with Auctioneer Charles Bogie, said Humane Society President Kate Gilbert. A variety of special items will be up for auction to help raise money in support of the humane society.

Among auction items are a set of three Maker’s Mark special edition Triple Crown Winners signed bottles and a baseball signed by Baseball Hall of Famer Earle B. Combs. Gilbert said antique McCoy pottery also will be auctioned as well as several photographs, crafts and gift certificates.

“It’s a really nice assortment,” Gilbert said.

The money raised through the auction and dinner will help operate the society’s discount spay and neuter program for all Madison County residents, Gilbert said.

“We hope to encourage people to have their animals spayed and neutered,” she said.

The humane society also conducts educational instruction for several elementary children to provide information about caring for animals. The society is sponsoring 20 to 25 classes, but Gilbert said each year they try to expand the program.

Because the society is a nonprofit organization, Gilbert said events such as the spaghetti dinner provide a means to continue essential programs.

“It’s certainly important in the aspect of the more funds we have the more animals we can help in the county,” Gilbert said. “We want to make people aware of the fact that animals are delightful and are the joy of life for a lot of people.”

Last year, Gilbert said more than 700 spay and neuter certificates were approved, allowing those taking home animals from the Madison County Animal Shelter to receive a discount on spaying and neutering costs. Still, approximately 60 percent of unadopted animals were euthanized.

“That’s two out of three,” Gilbert said. “That’s why it is so important to have animals spayed or neutered. Those that aren’t just increase the overpopulation. It’s just an endless cycle.”

The dinner will be conducted in the basement of the church. Tickets in advance are $10 for adults and $5 for children. At the door, tickets for adults will be $12 and $5 for children. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Richmond and Berea Tourism centers.

For more information, call Gilbert at 986-1357 or 582-7477.

Kelly Foreman can be reached at kforeman@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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