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Winter Fair Saturday in Delhi for the benefit of an animal sanctuary | Local News

The animals at the heart of the Catskills Humane Society will be the beneficiaries of a craft and vendor fair at the Delhi American Legion on Saturday, February 5.

Organizer Lacey Speidell said she volunteers at the shelter and wanted to organize a fundraiser for the shelter because there aren’t many such events throughout the year. She said she looked at the calendar and didn’t notice a lot of events on Saturday, and she thought it would be a perfect day.

“People can buy Valentine’s Day gifts and give away handmade products this year instead of mass-produced items,” she said.

She said there will be 29 vendors selling a variety of items including baked goods, pet parent themed products, crystals, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, plants. and more. Additionally, members of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will sell food and baked goods.

Speidell said this is the second craft and vendor fair she has coordinated to benefit the shelter; the last was on December 19 and raised $846. “We’ve doubled the number of vendors for this fair,” she said. “The Legion will be rather crowded.”

She said she hopes to raise $2,000 for the shelter. HCHS shelter operations director Deb Crute said fundraising is important to the shelter.

“Fundraisers like this help educate the community about their local shelter and the importance of adopting, neutering, and neutering,” Crute said. “And these types of fundraisers also help raise much-needed funds to run our day-to-day shelter, which is currently at $1,500 a day. We are so grateful to Lacey and her friends for organizing this heartwarming event. and wonderful to benefit us and we know it will be fun and successful.”

Speidell said she learned about the shelter when she was a veterinary technician student at SUNY Delhi. She has taken in a few animals for the shelter and two of her best friends work at the shelter, she said.

In addition to accepting cash donations, there will be collection boxes for people to donate items on the shelter’s wish list.

“We always need canned cat food, canned dog food, cat treats, cat and dog toys, bleach, laundry detergent, dish detergent, newspapers and blankets,” Crute said. “We’re not picky about specific brands – we take it all.”

Crute said there were 116 cats and dogs at the shelter waiting to be adopted. She said one of the shelter staff would bring her foster kitten to the show.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Legion, 41 Page Ave. in Delhi.

Vicky Klukkert, editor, can be reached at [email protected] or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_VickyK on Twitter.