ROCKINGHAM — A local group of animal lovers is looking to raise money to keep the population of unwanted pets to a minimum.
Richmond County Operation Fix — formerly Richmond County Animal Advocates — is bringing back its “Spayghetti Dinner” fundraiser.
Several years ago, members of the group decided to shift the focus to assisting residents with spaying and neutering costs to help curb the county’s unwanted pet population.
Fewer unwanted pets also decreases the number of those in shelters that have to be euthanized.
Operation Fix shared a graphic to its Facebook page on Friday stating that more than 3 million adoptable cats and dogs are put down each year in the U.S.
The Spayghetti Dinner has been the group’s main fundraiser since 2014 and this will be the first since 2019, before the COVID 19 pandemic.
According to founder Allison Story, the group has funded more than 500 spay or neuter surgeries since 2019.
The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Henry’s Uptown Cafe in Rockingham.
The $15 plates include pasta, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Seating is limited and take-out will be available. Tickets — 50 dine-in, 50 to-go — will be on sale next week at Broad Street Jewelry and Loan in Rockingham.
The group is also seeking donors for silent auction items and door prizes. Contact Story through Facebook for more information.
Operation Fix is also holding a paint night fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 25 at Hippy Dippy Boutique.