The new Kennebec Valley Humane Society on Leighton Road is shown on Friday.

The new Kennebec Valley Humane Society on Leighton Road is shown Friday. Anna Chadwick/Morning Sentinel

AUGUSTA — A fundraiser for an animal shelter — even with live music, multiple food trucks, beer, coffee and seltzer on tap, games including a scavenger hunt, and several vendors — would still seem incomplete without sharing the fun with family members, even those with four legs.

So Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s new Sunday afternoon fundraiser, “Tails & Tunes,” will be both child- and dog-friendly, with games and treats available for both. Only the dogs need to be on a leash.

The event takes place 2-6 p.m. For adults there will be alcoholic beverages available from Sidereal Farm Brewing and Dasch Seltzer, and caffeinated beverages from Aroma Joe’s.

Five musical acts are expected to play; Bella Ann Music, Court Jesters, The High Spirits, Calypso Soldiers, and Not Mad and Just the Disappointments. All are donating their time to the cause, according to Melanie Randall, director of development for the animal shelter at 168 Leighton Road in Augusta.

Food trucks selling at the event are Truckin Good Food, Tex-Mex Express, Brick Oven Bakery, and Nate & Ollie’s Rolled Ice Cream.

Also, water bowls and poop cleanup stations will be available — for the dogs.


“We wanted to plan an event we’d want to go to ourselves, a friendly atmosphere for families and furry friends,” Randall said Friday. “Come and play some cornhole, have a burger, a beer, dance to the music, and hang out with your dog.”

Dog owners are asked to keep their pets on a leash.

The major outdoor public event is the first at the shelter’s fairly new, much-larger Leighton Road facility, the Nancy Shuman Animal Shelter, which opened last year. The facility itself will be closed for the day, with events for visitors both human and canine in a field on the site that sits on 77 acres of farmland and woods.

Tickets are $50 a person, with children younger than 12 getting in free, with all proceeds going to the animal shelter. Tickets will be available at the site or can be purchased online.

Several pet-related vendors will also be on hand for the event.

Randall and Hillary Roberts, executive director of the shelter, said their new more spacious home, with 30% more capacity for homeless animals, is also seeing higher costs with the additional space and animals and services, including a veterinary clinic. The facility was built with $8 million in donated funds.


“The capital campaign gave us a new home and our regular donations keep the lights on, the animals fed, and our work moving forward,” Roberts said in a news release.

Randall said the larger property the shelter is located on allows it to host such public events for the first time and they’re thrilled to invite people to the site.

“We have a new building and it’s big and beautiful, but the work hasn’t stopped, we still need the support of our community to continue saving lives,” Randall said.

The shelter cares for some 2,000 animals a year and serves 24 area municipalities.

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