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Pups' auction clarified

April 22, 2004

The article we submitted that ran in last week's Valley Sun about the puppy auction at the LCHS Music Parents Association Carnival this weekend may have given some readers the impression that the auction was strictly about fund-raising without regard to the animals' welfare.

All of us involved with this auction are dog owners and dog lovers, and we do care what happens to these adorable puppies. Starting the day we agreed to this auction, we have been working to safeguard the dogs' futures. While we understand that auctioning a living creature sounds callous, the reality is that pets are bought and sold every day, from pet stores, from breeders, from others. It even costs money to rescue a dog through a group such as the humane society.

We agreed on a silent auction rather than a live auction so that the winning bidder isn't someone who has gotten caught up in the heat of an auction. With publicity in advance and a four-hour bidding window, bidders will not only have time to spend with the dogs, but also have enough time to seriously consider their bids.

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We have received guidance from veterinarians and the Pasadena Humane Society. All bidders must complete a comprehensive screening form similar to the one used by the Pasadena Humane Society. We are providing the winning bidders with instructions and advice on taking care of these dogs. As an added bonus, a lovely woman has stepped up to donate the puppies' first bath and brushing.

Also, the puppies' current owner, Brenda Van Lerberg, will take back any of the dogs if the winning bidder decides they do not want the dog for any reason. In addition, she is offering life-time dog sitting services to further ensure a high quality of life for the animals.

We hope this clears up any misunderstandings about this auction. We need the support of the community for the high school instrumental music program. Only the music director's salary is paid for by the district, and everything else (assistants, instruments, instrument repair, uniforms, etc.) are paid for through fund-raising events. Recently, puppy auctions have become common at silent and live auctions for schools and other groups in our community, so this is not a new and unique idea.

We hope we can count on your continued support. See you at the carnival!

Wandy and Larry Jung

Debbie and Robert Newcombe

Betsy and Scott Kraft

Mary Emily and Richard Myers

Julie Shaull and Tim McQuay

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