Support pets at Dawg Days of Summer

The Dawg Days of Summer fundraiser supports an array of services for animals in the Moab community including adoptions and spay and neuter clinics. [Photo courtesy of Humane Society of Moab Valley]

The Humane Society of Moab Valley is holding its 17th annual Dawg Days of Summer

Barbecue and Silent Auction fundraiser this year is happening on Saturday, June 1.

Held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Old City Park, 2231 Elk Circle, the fundraiser will feature music from the band Stray Grass, food from the local barbecue restaurant The Blu Pig and silent auction items donated from 100 different businesses.

Dawg Days of Summer is the Humane Society of Moab Valley’s primary fundraiser of the year, allowing it to offer an array of animal and pet services to the community.

Judy Powers, owner and operator of the local business Powers With Animals, said the humane society and the Dawg Days of Summer fundraiser got started in 1999 at the Grand County Fair.

“At first, it was geared to spay and neuter and adoptions,” Powers said. “Over the years, as we have created a ‘no kill’ county, the emphasis has changed to fundraising. Please remember that if we don’t have the money to continue affordable spay and neuter programs, we will not be able to continue as a no kill county. Be sure to keep on supporting the Humane Society of Moab Valley.”

There have been 1,962 animal adoptions through the Human Society of Moab Valley since 1999, and 5,319 spays and neuters.

Tickets for adults are $20 in advance or $25 at the on the day of the event, with tickets for children discounted and free for those under 5. Advance tickets can be found at Back of Beyond Books, Moab Barkery or online at

“I would encourage everyone to come and have a great time,” said Sarah Finocchio, a board member of the Humane Society of Moab Valley. “By coming you are helping support our local pets.”

The food catered by The Blu Pig will include barbecued pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans and

rolls. There will be a vegetarian option catered by Antica Forma for those who contact the

Humane Society of Moab Valley (HSMV) ahead of time.

Stray Grass has been a popular performance at Dawg Days of Summer for years. The band describes itself as “a high-energy interpretation of acoustic music.”

“The music by Stray Grass is so fun to dance and sing along too and I always leave with a handful of great items from the auction,” Finocchio said.

There is plenty of parking available at Old City Park. The fundraiser’s name gives a nod to Moab’s signature summer heat, but the weather is predicted to be comfortable with partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures.

The silent auction prizes donated by 100 different businesses include restaurant gift cards and artworks created by local artists and gift certificates for hotel stays at a number of Caribbean islands (there is a minimum opening bids of $500 each on the Caribbean gift certificates).

Among the auction prizes are eight donations from Elite Island Resorts, eight donations from the Moab Rock Shop, seven from Edge Gallery and six from Karen’s Canine Campground. The silent auction runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The HSMV, along with its volunteers and staff, is supported by many donors, including the fundraiser’s local sponsors: Canyon Voyages, Moab Brewery, The Synergy Company, Aarchway Inn, Zax Restaurant, Desert River Credit Union, Hyatt Place Moab, Harrison Field Services and Pipe Dream Apparel, Print and Design.