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Mitch Martin and his boxer, Grace, photographed at The Marquee in Sioux City, Iowa on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. Weekender Photo by Ari E. Lebowitz

As the summer winds down, The Marquee is teaming up with Noah’s Hope Animal Rescue to put on their second annual fundraiser, The Dog Days of Summer.

“We are a no-kill rescue,” said Crystal Kaylor of Noah’s Hope and Bark Avenue groomers. “All of our dogs are in foster homes. We are not shelter based. We offer services to people who need to surrender their animal(s). If someone has to surrender their sick or hurt pets to us due to limited financial resources, we take the pet in and take care of veterinary services to make sure the pet is well before putting it up for adoption again. We also offer spay and neuter programs for low-income families with pets.”

“It’s just a great cause,” said Mitch Martin, a local musician and one of the owners of The Marquee. “What Noah’s Hope does for the community, animal lovers and animals in general is just second to none around here, not discounting any of the other great agencies.”

Noah’s Hope has majorly affected both Mitch and Emily Martin’s lives by introducing them to their dog, Grace.

“Noah’s Hope is near and dear to my heart,” said Martin, smiling as Grace generously licked his face. “I got my dog from Noah’s Hope. She is a boxer and was about 25 pounds when we got her and is now up to 90 pounds. Without Noah’s Hope she probably would not have lived. She was rescued from a reservation and was totally malnourished and abused, but she is doing much better and is a lot happier today.”

This event is accessible for anybody with a soft spot in their hearts for pets. If your pocketbook isn’t bulging, you are still welcome to come enjoy the entertainment and animals.

“It’s a freewill donation to come in,” said Martin. “If you want to pay a quarter, you can pay a quarter. If you want to pay 25 dollars, you can pay $25 dollars. We will have free live entertainment, food, of course drinks, a silent auction and an adoption event, weather pending.”

“There will be single acoustic acts and duos,” said the musician. “The acts haven’t quite been booked yet, but it will just be solid local entertainment.”

If you either have pets at home, or if you are just a fan of live music and Sioux City bar-life, the silent auction will have items tailored to suit you.

“We will have items anywhere from gift certificates to pet-stores, to car washes, to weight loss products. It’s a wide variety of items up for grabs. We will also have gift certificates to both Marty’s Tap and The Marquee.”

After the success of the event last year, they have decided to hold the Dog Days of Summer again (they are shooting for an annual basis) and hope for a good turnout for a cause that benefits the less-fortunate Siouxland animals.

“We had our first Dog Days last year in August, and our second one will be Sunday, August 19th,” said Martin. “Basically it is a fundraiser with all proceeds going straight to benefit the animals at Noah’s Hope. We raised around 3,000 dollars last year and I expect this year to be on-par, or hopefully we can exceed what we did last year.”

“This will be our first fundraiser where money will be going to our new ‘Building for Hope,’” said Kaylor. “This building is something that Noah’s Hope desperately needs. We don’t really have a large area for dogs that maybe need to be quarantined. Before putting a dog into a foster home, we need to make sure they are healthy. If a very sick dog comes in it will need to be in a quarantined area for x amount of days. We don’t really have an area for adoption events, volunteer meetings or to store excess food and supplies. All of these things will be taken care of with our new building.”

For you Weekender readers who haven’t yet attended, Martin explains, “It’s a great event for an awesome organization. It doesn’t really cost anything to get in, just come hang out and pet some dogs!”

The 2nd annual Dog Days of Summer will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 19th at The Marquee (1225 4th St.). See you there!

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