Elks Lodge members Amber Green and Shawna Trogdon will host “Party for the Pets,” an animal shelter awareness event with funds split between both the Perry Humane Society in Perry and Panora Pets in Panora. The public event will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the Elks Lodge in Perry.
The event will feature a DJ and later a live 1-man band. The entry fee is $5, which covers a meal of a hamburger, brat, and dinner sides.
“This is the first time that we’ve got to actually put something together the two of us,” said Shawna Trogdon, Elks Member and animal shelter volunteer.
Both Green and Trogdon joined Perry’s Elks Lodge late fall last year, now, Green is recognized as an officer. After becoming initiated together, the duo found a love of giving a voice to the voiceless: rescue animals.
“I just think animals are inherently good and they don’t have a voice to speak up, so someone has to be that voice for them,” Amber Green, Elks Lodge Officer and animal shelter volunteer said.
It all started with a cat named Steve, Trogdon explained.
After seeing a Facebook post from the Panora Pets featuring an elder cat who spent two years in the shelter, Trogdon and her boyfriend, Mike Jung agreed to rescue the 7-year-old animal.
Upon picking up the new family member, Green tagged along, bringing an assortment of donation items to the facility.
“Everyone always thinks of pet beds, toys, treats, cat litter, but no one ever thinks of the cleaning stuff,” Green said. “What we’re trying to do is get people to realize those are great but we also want the things that you don’t normally think about.”
After picking up Steve, the duo felt inspired by the compassion behind the shelter as well as the staff of volunteers.
“Seeing the shelter the day that we went to get Steve was completely eyeopening,” Green said. “This (event) was our way to try to find our niche in that environment.”
Since Steve, the duo has become heavily affiliated with helping both the Humane Society in Perry as well as Panora Pets.
Piling together for a road trip, Green and her boyfriend, Eric Derry, have taken trips with Trogdon and Jung in order to provide both shelters with cat food and litter, as well as transport animals to larger facilities. At one point, the group traveled close to the Colorado border to bring rescue cats to a larger facility that could hold them.
“People don’t realize the diversity of animals that both the Humane Society and Panora Pets help,” Green said.
Both facilities take in cats and dogs, but Green and Trogdon have come across helping other animals such as potbelly pigs and hedgehogs.
“I think this is perfect opportunity for Shawna and myself, especially members of the Elks Lodge to come together and be the voice for animals that need the voice.”
At the event, photos of animals that are up for adoption will also be advertised.
The Saturday event will be open to the public and if attendance is not possible, donations can also be dropped off. Cleaning items, such as paper towels, as well as dry cat food are always needed, Green said.