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Mouthful: Paws for Love features furry artists

  • Jeanine Leonard, left, and founder Ellyn Boone attend the 2012 Paws for Love auction and gala held at the Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa. (ERIK CASTRO / For The Press Democrat)

Paws for Love Celebrates 15th Anniversary: On Saturday night, Feb. 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. the Finley Community Center (2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa), will be filled with animal lovers buying animal-created art and celebrating the success of one woman's tender vision.

One day more than 15 years ago, Ellyn Boone was inspired by her pup's footprints. That inspiration spawned a series of paintings that Boone completed with shelter animals.

She rented an empty store front in Healdsburg, hoping to make a few hundred dollars that she could donate to a local animal group. Sale of the paintings yielded a whopping $11,000 and the Paws for Love Gala Auction and Foundation were born.

All these years later, the foundation has helped thousands of animals throughout the country.

It supports spay and neuter clinics and senior-to-senior pet adoptions, funds emergency surgeries and more, all with funds raised at the annual auction and gala, along with a few other events.

“Only in Sonoma County,” Boone often says of her labor of love.

The gala features nearly 100 framed paintings created by animals using their paws, tails and whiskers, along with passed appetizers, wine, a live auction, a raffle for a cruise and more, including a tarot card reader and a chance to meet adoptable animals.

This year, wines will be donated by Kenwood, Mutt Lynch and Pedroncelli.

Advance tickets are $40 and $50 at the door. You can find them at www.pawsforlove.info and at a variety of locations throughout Sonoma County, including Western Farm Center (21 West Seventh St., Santa Rosa), and Fideaux (43 North St., Healdsburg).

Shed Supper: On Thursday, Feb. 6, chef Colleen McGlynn of DaVero teams up with two friends, San Francisco chef Loretta Keller of Coco500 and Angelo Garro of Renaissance Forge for a four-course winter dinner, which gets started at 6 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for fans of McGlynn — she is a longtime favorite chef — who may not have many chances to enjoy her cooking and also a perfect opportunity to savor Keller's kitchen genius without driving into the city.

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