SOUTH BEND — This Saturday, April 16, Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) will be holding its annual Spring Tea fundraiser.

The favorite event of HAVA board members and volunteers, the Spring Tea is held at the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 916 W. First St., in South Bend and begins at 1 p.m.

Along with a light lunch — homemade scones, shrimp salad, finger sandwiches, and more — there will also be a wide variety of wine from Westport Winery, including “Jetty Cat Red” which benefits HAVA year-round.

There will also be a silent auction during the Tea, including items such as a two-night stay at Salt Hotel, two rounds of golf at Peninsula Golf Course with dinner at the Cove included, handcrafted jewelry, plants ready to hang, and, of course, plenty of goodies for cats and dogs.

HAVA was founded in 1989 by Shirley Brown in order to feed and care for the abandoned and rapidly reproducing cats at the rock jetty in Westport. Since then, HAVA has greatly reduced the population of cats by trapping, spaying or neutering, and re-releasing the feral cats.

Since its inception, the organization has greatly expanded its reach. HAVA currently serves parts of both Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. In 2012, thanks to a $50,000 donation after the passing of current President Dee Roberts’ father, HAVA was able to purchase their own shelter in Raymond.

In 2015, HAVA raised over $146,000 and spent just under $144,000. The vast majority of their expenses are for spay and neutering strays and pets of low-income families, pet surgeries, shots and other medical care, and supplies. Their revenues are from adoption fees, member fees, fundraising, and donations.

When asked why she does this work, President Dee Roberts said, “These animals have no voice. That is our job, to speak for them — we are their voice.”

On June 10 through 12 HAVA will be holding their annual garage sale, and on July 16 will be their 2nd annual Spay-ghetti Dinner.

For more information about HAVA or to purchase $20 tickets for the upcoming Spring Tea, call Dee at 360-589-9451.

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