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Puppy paw masterpieces: Humane Society pooches create Art with Heart
Annual fundraiser set for Feb. 24 at Chattahoochee Country Club
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Samantha Threadgill, the development and communications director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, uses Triceratops' paws to make art for the upcoming fundraiser, Art with Heart, in Gainesville, on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. - photo by David Barnes

The year was 2018. Triceratops, Dilophosaurus and Albertosaurus roamed the earth, striking fear into the hearts of men — sort of.

That’s all true, except for a couple of details: Triceratops, Dilophosaurus and Albertosaurus are puppies (they’re Labrador mixes given dinosaur names), and they more strike at the heartstrings than strike fear into anyone.

Art with Heart

When: 7-11 p.m. Feb. 24

Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville

How much: Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and include hor d’oeuvres and a wine bar

Contact: 770-532-6617 ext. 243, or

And funny names aside, they’ve had an important job to do at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia: The puppies have put their paws to work painting a canvas for the Art With Heart fundraiser put on each year by the animal rescue.

The Feb. 24 event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the rescue, raising more than $100,000 a year to support animal rescue and adoption efforts by the shelter.

This month, Triceratops, Dilophosaurus and Albertosaurus were dabbed with paint and set to work coloring a canvas that will be one of many auction items, and the theme of the event, at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

The Art with Heart fundraiser helps the shelter support animals in the long term — dogs like Ruben, a pit mix who was in the shelter for almost a year — and special rescue efforts like the Humane Society and other groups faced last year in Habersham County, when authorities seized hundreds of animals that needed to be adopted to out to homes in Georgia.

Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple and include hor d’oeuvres and a wine bar. There will be about 150 items in the live and silent auction. A few animals will be present at the fundraiser, said society spokeswoman Samantha Threadgill.

Threadgill said the Humane Society will announce a new, significant project undertaken by the Humane Society at the event, but didn’t reveal any details ahead of the fundraiser.

For more information, contact Threadgill at 770-532-6617 ext. 243 or

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