Raise the Woof a barrel of laughs

This month the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) is moving one step closer to finding a new home.

This month the Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) is moving one step closer to finding a new home with its comedy fundraising event, “Raise the Woof.”

“It’s going to be a fun night out, getting to see people I haven’t seen in a while, and getting the word out about ICAN and what we do, and gaining some excitement for our new shelter in the community,” said ICAN president Lana Banham.

Raise the Woof is an independent comedy tour that regularly works with animal shelters and rescue groups across the country to put on fundraising events. Created by comedian and producer James Uloth, the tour has helped raise over $300,000 for a variety of charities. The tour will visit the Invermere Community Hall on Friday, November 23 and will feature the talents of Uloth and fellow comedian Lars Callieou (both of whom can be seen on YouTube) and a third performer who will be confirmed closer to the date of the event.

“Raise the Woof likes to make it an annual event if they’re well-received,” Banham said. “We’re kind of hoping along those lines, but we’ll get this first year under our belts and see how that goes.”

Tickets are $45 and include refreshments, dinner, a silent auction and, of course, live comedy. Proceeds from the event will go towards building a new rescue and adoption centre so that ICAN can help even more pets in the future. Since 2007, the group has assisted over 700 animals and, having outgrown their current location in Athalmer, are looking to move into a new facility.

Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts around 8 p.m. Tickets — which are going fast — can be purchased at The Book Bar, One-Hour Photo, the Invermere Veterinary Hospital, at Furry Companions in Radium, and at Smoking Waters Coffee Company in Fairmont Hot Springs.

Banham would also like to add that ICAN is full of cats right now, so for anyone looking for a furry companion, now is the perfect time to look into adopting. For more information on Raise the Woof, visit the ICAN website at www.icanhelpapet.com, or the Raise the Woof website at www.woofraise.com.