The sweet, robust smell of barbecue will fill the air on April 14, when Paws for a Cause, in association with the Golden Q will host its second annual rib cook-off at noon at the Golden Q on 809 Ash St.
Students from the Leadership 310 class are helping organize the event and hope to make a big impact. The proceeds from the event will help the Western Plains Animal Refuge (WPAR) find a new home and provide adequate recourses for a successful reopening.
“Initially, we chose to do this because of the glaring need after the animal refuge was shut down. They helped a lot of animals… The humane society can only do so much. One humane society in a town this size is not enough,” senior Jason Dreiling said.
Veterinarian Jessica Braun set up WPAR in 2006 and operated out of her veterinarian clinic, the Animal Health Center, until she closed her practice in September of 2011. The organization has been without a location and running on limited support since then.
The WPAR is based in Hays and is one of only two non-kill shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centers in this part of the state. The WPAR will continue the support of local animals with a dedicated staff of volunteers and a new president.
“On a personal level, when you have your own pet, you would want it to have a home if it went stray. The Western Plain Animal Refuge is a no-kill shelter, so that way animals are able to be adopted out and not put down,” sophomore Sabrina Brown said.
The mission of WPAR is to help animals and the local community by providing foster, rehabilitation, adoption and outreach services.
In addition to Dreiling and Brown, the group members include: seniors Kurt Meier, Cassandra Schaben, Nicole Walz, and Clinton Katt.
The rib cook-off will last until the food runs out, but the Golden Q will be having a special on ribs that day which will help benefit the WPAR as well.
For any questions or to compete in this event contact the Golden Q at 785-625-6913 by April 12th.