From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas Co. Department of Transportation & Development, 503 742-4274, ellenrog@co.clackamas.or.us Date: 02-16-12

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

March 4 comedy club fundraiser to raise funds for Clackamas County Dog Services spay/neuter clinics

Clackamas County Dog Services (CCDS) spay/neuter clinics will be the beneficiary of a charity bingo fundraiser Sunday, March 4, 7-9 pm at Hamburger Mary's Portland. The monthly clinics, which began in December 2011, provide low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs owned by county residents who receive public assistance.

Hamburger Mary's is located at 19 NW 5th Ave. in downtown Portland, with nearby on-street parking. Bingo starts promptly at 7 pm, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to get seats and order refreshments. The event is for people age 21 and older only.

Bingo cards, available at the event for $20 each, are good for the entire evening of bingo, with additional cards available for guests who want to play more than one card at a time. Prizes, donated by dog supporters, include gift certificates for restaurants, hair salons, dog grooming, and more.

"I attended the last bingo night and I am still talking about how much fun I had," said Meghan Markantonatos, a dog owner and supporter of CCDS. "I am already gathering a group of friends to join me in supporting their efforts to provide low income dog owners with affordable access to dog services."

Pet overpopulation is a growing challenge that faces our pets and communities. The new CCDS spay/neuter program is designed to support the efforts of all county residents to work toward a solution. Sterilization not only prevents unwanted offspring, but also reduces a dog's tendency to roam, eliminates heat periods and often lessens aggressive tendencies.

CCDS provides a wide variety of dog services throughout Clackamas County including dog licensing; sick, injured and emergency dog rescue; pet protective custody, bite investigations, vicious or feral dog removal, quarantine of dogs that have bitten and are not rabies vaccinated, inspection of dog kennels, obedience training classes, pet first aid classes and spay/neuter services.

More information about Clackamas County Dog Services is available at www.clackamas.us/dogsFacebook, or by calling 503.655.8628.

For more information about the March 4 fundraising event, contact Development Officer Maura White at mwhite2@co.clackamas.or.us or 503-722-6729.

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