Spay-ghetti & No Balls Lunch
Tuesday, April 28
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
3803 13th Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
On Tuesday the 28th, Fargo’s own Holiday Inn will be sponsoring a fundraiser for Homeward Animal Shelter’s spay/neuter fund. The first event of its kind, the Spay-ghetti and No Balls Lunch will have pasta with plain spaghetti sauce, salad, breadsticks, dessert, and refreshments.
Sponsors for this fundraiser include Food Services of America, Family Fare, Prairie Winds Veterinary Center, and Walmart; and if all goes well, Events Coordinator Heather Klefstad hopes it becomes an annual event.
“We’re hoping it’s successful and becomes something we can do again next year,” Klefstad says. “It’ll be basic this year. We’re hoping to add more to it in the future.”
Every year, about 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the United States, many of which become homeless or are euthanized due to lack of shelter space. Just last year, Homeward took in 338 female cats and dogs. If each of them came with a litter, averaging four offspring each, the total would come to 1,300 additional shelter animals.
Homeward, a no-kill shelter, strives to change those statistics by spreading awareness of responsible pet ownership, and by spaying and neutering their adoptable animals six months and older. Having been open for nearly five decades, Homeward has found homes for over 25,000 pets.
In addition to food and music, participants in the Spay-ghetti and No Balls Lunch will take in an educational slideshow.
“We’re doing it not just to raise money for our spay-and-neuter program, but to raise awareness in the community and to show the importance of it,” Klefstad explains. “While they eat, they can enjoy some music and watch a slideshow that we’ll have running throughout the event with animal pictures and some spay-and-neuter statistics to educate them.”
For more information, call Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077.
This article previously appeared in the High Plains Reader.
– Särah Nour
On Tuesday the 14th, the Fargo Park District voted to approve a beaver cull along Fargo’s Red River. Experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are set to trap and drown the beavers in their attempt to preserve trees.
In having the beavers killed, the Fargo Park District will be taking away an essential part of the ecosystem and depriving local children of educational opportunities for school field trips. Lessons in wildlife conservation will be lacking with one less species to study.
Ecologists have dubbed beavers “ecosystem engineers,” as they greatly influence other animal and plant species and contribute to biodiversity. In cutting down trees, they allow new shoots to grow in the stumps, which provide food for moose and elk. In building dams, they redirect the river’s current, providing moisture to plants in dry places and filtering sediment that enriches the soil.
Beaver dams also lead to the formation of wetlands, which filter, clean, and store water, and even prevent floods. A large number of species, including fish, ducks, wading birds, otters, and muskrats, depend on wetlands for their survival, whether it be for food, shelter, or a resting place during migration.
If the Fargo Park District wished to preserve trees, better options would be relocating the beavers, or planting more trees in protected areas. Instead, they have chosen to slaughter them on a regular basis so that the population will never recover.
– Särah Nour