Humane Society’s “Tuxes and Tails” gala nets record donations to help animals in need
Kirkland, Washington-Normally the doctors at Poma Fertility are focused on treating infertility and helping to create human families, this month they are dressing to the nines and instead have their attention on helping animals by donating to the Humane Society.
The numbers are in and the 2013 “Tuxes and Tails” gala event at Seattle Humane, The Humane Society for Seattle/King County has netted a record breaking 1.6 million dollars in donations to help animals.
As part of this effort, Poma Fertility, a world-class infertility treatment medical practice featuring success rates among the best in the United States, donated a complete cycle of IVF treatment to the event’s silent auction.
Poma Fertility Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Michael Opsahl said he is as passionate about animals as he is about helping people start families.
“I think back to the dogs that have been family over the course of my life, they were just like my children. They brought richness to my life and almost daily laughs,” Opsahl said. “I don’t want to see animals suffer, not ever- so I got involved the best way I could.”
Poma Fertility Laboratory Director Dr. Klaus Wiemer echoes this sentiment.
“Sometimes life, work, and family can be so busy that we can forget to focus on giving back,” Wiemer said. “Using our practice to both help someone have a family and at the same time to help animals in need just makes sense for Poma. This will probably become something we do every year.”
Wiemer is no stranger to spending time with animals having worked summers during his childhood on his grandfather’s ranch in Mexico.
Wiemer adds that Poma is proud to be working hand-in-hand with the humane society and is honored to be part of this important fundraising.
Other items donated by Seattle area businesses for the silent auction included a Hawaiian vacation, a gourmet dinner for twelve at Salty’s restaurant on Alki beach and a sideline access package to a Seattle Sounders game.
“My wife Megen has been doing volunteer work with animals for some time, so I sort of got involved by proxy,” Opsahl adds with a laugh. “At any given time in my home you can find fostered dogs or cats. It can be a zoo, pun completely intended.”
The event, which was attended by nearly 1000 people, featured special guests including Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson and retired Supersonic basketball great Gus Williams.
Founded in 1987, Seattle Humane is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization.
“Seattle Humane makes it a priority to offer our services first to animals in our community, and then we reach out to shelters across the state and even out of state to save animal’s lives. We are proud to serve the people and animals of our region with a variety of programs including adoptions, veterinary services, dog training classes, a pet food bank, and humane education for children of all ages,” the humane society said on their website.
If you would like to make a donation to the humane society via telephone, please call (425) 373-5388.
To mail a donation, please send to: Seattle Humane Society 13212 SE Eastgate Way Bellevue, WA 98005.