PEKIN — The Tazewell County Animal Protective Society is hosting Dog House Fever and “Spay”ghetti Dinner on Saturday to help raise funds for the no-kill shelter.

TAPS Executive Director Holly Crotty said every dollar counts when it comes to the shelter. The shelter does several major fundraisers throughout the year including TAPS Wine & Dine, Rockin’ for TAPS and the Tailwaggers Classic.

“We are still seeing a lot of generosity in the community, but we never raise enough to cover our bills,” she said. “We always operate at a deficit.

“We took in another three heartworm positive dogs last week and those are $500 each off the top and that’s if they don’t get sick with anything else or need anything else. So, that’s $1,500 in one week that we need to come up with to vet these animals.”

Crotty said the event last year was held at Goodfella’s Pub & Pizza where they served 132 meals. She is hoping for a larger response this year and to raise $7,500.

The event will be from 3 to 11 p.m. at the Pekin Avanti’s Dome banquette rooms. Avanti’s is donating the banquette rooms for the event. The dinner, which ends at 7 p.m., includes all you can eat spaghetti, gondolas and salad this year. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12, which includes the band portion of the event. There is a cash bar.

Live bands will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The price for the music portion of the event is $8. The event will feature 50/50 ticket sales and raffles. 

The bands are donating their time and include The Road Less Traveled, 3:30 p.m.; Ana Pfister, 4:45 p.m.; All the Rage, 6 p.m.; Phat Kitti, 7:30 p.m.; and Unhandsome Devils, 9:30 p.m.

TAPS No-Kill Animal Shelter has been in existence since 1958. In 2016, TAPS adopted out 1,940 dogs and cats. 

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