St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host a benefit dinner for the Midlands Humane Society from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the church at 22 Dillman Drive, near East Kanesville Boulevard and Simms Avenue.
The dinner will include pancakes, sausage and orange juice.
The event coordinates with St. Paul’s annual celebration of Shrove Tuesday, said the Rev. Aaron Hudson, priest in charge at St. Paul’s.
“Shrove Tuesday comes from the tradition of ‘shriving’ or confessing on the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday as a way to prepare for the holy season of Lent,” he said in a press release. “This day came to be celebrated as a day of eating pancakes in order to use up all of the eggs, sugar and butter before the fast.”
“We are very proud of our beautiful new shelter and want to support the work they are doing in the community to care for these animals in need,” Hudson said. “Caring for all of God’s creatures is consistent with the Gospel. This is one way we can help.”
The youth of St. Paul’s will tour the facility on Feb. 11 in order to learn about the needs of the animals and what resources are required to care for them.
“We’re trying to find different ways to teach our kids to help the community,” said Abby Haggerty, youth coordinator at St. Paul’s.
According to Rosey Higgs, executive director of the Midlands Humane Society, the most pressing needs for the shelter at this time are dog and cat toys, soft pet beds of all sizes, non-clumping clay cat litter, toilet paper, paper towels, office supplies and Dawn dish soap.
Donations are also being received for Angel’s Fund, which provides for the expenses incurred when an animal arrives to the shelter in need of emergency medical treatment, she said. Angel’s Fund was named after a dog that came to the shelter after being hit by a car. The staff at the shelter believed the animal to be dead when it arrived and rushed her to emergency veterinarian care; she is now on her way to a full recovery.
The shelter will never deny an animal treatment because of cost, Higgs said. Though local veterinarians provide a generous discount, emergency medical treatment like the kind Angel needed is expensive.
“We are so thankful for the support of St. Paul’s,” she said. “Without the help of the Council Bluffs community, the Midlands Humane Society would not be able to fulfill our mission to protect and nurture companion animals and enrich the lives of the people who love them.”