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Shelter holds ‘Paws for Celebration’ to raise funds for animals

The fourth annual Paws for Celebration event will be held Saturday.  Pictured, Remy, a 4-year-old pit bull at the shelter.

Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts

The fourth annual Paws for Celebration event will be held Saturday. Pictured, Remy, a 4-year-old pit bull at the shelter.

The Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts will hold its fourth annual Paws for Celebration to benefit homeless animals on Saturday at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton. Local comedian John Turco will host the event, which features a gala silent auction, entertainment, beer and wine tastings, and chocolate samplings to raise money for the nonprofit animal care and adoption facility.

Paws for Celebration is the major fund-raiser for the Brockton shelter, which annually provides services for more than 1,000 animals with a staff of four and a large pool of volunteers. In its fourth year, the open-admission animal care and adoption facility focuses on prevention of cruelty to animals, education and outreach, low-cost spay and neuter programs, and helping animals and people in the community.

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The Animal Protection Center recently formed a partnership with Paws New England, a nonprofit rescue organization that removes stray dogs slated to be euthanized from shelters in Southern states. After bringing the dogs north in compliance with state quarantine and health regulations, Paws New England works with foster homes and local shelters to place them in permanent homes in the area. In its first month, the partnership saved seven dogs that were slated for euthanization.

Saturday’s event will feature donated auction items from New England and across the country, including travel and hotel packages, sporting events, original artwork, and handcrafted jewelry. Vendors include Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, The Wine Guys of Easton, Independent Liquors of Easton, and Notch Brewing of Ipswich. Chocolate samples will be provided by Sweet & Sinful Chocolates, Phillips Candy House, and Gowell’s Homemade Candy.

Tickets are $45 per person and include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, potato bar, pasta station, dessert, and coffee. A cash bar will also be available. For more information, go to www.apcsm.org.

Anne M. Steele can be reached at anne.steele@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @AnneMarieSteele.

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