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Paws and Claws Car Show
The Paws and Claws Car brought car lovers and animal lovers together Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park. Entries included this 1981 Chevy Corvette entered by Tony Schmitt, Ellinwood. - photo by photos by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

The fourth annual Paws and Claws Show drew a crowd Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park. It was a fundraiser for the Golden Belt Humane Society. Adopt-A-Pet and the Bat Cats baseball team also raised money by selling lunches.

Cathy Vonfeldt and friends organized the first car show for the Humane Society three years ago. It has always been held outside Walnut Bowl but the move to the park offered more room and made the cars visible from Main Street.

Vonfeldt said Adopt-A-Pet is a group of volunteers that helps buy items for the GBHS and things the animals need. Messages on an Adopt-A-Pet vehicle proclaimed “our cause has paws,” and reminded people to spay and neuter their pets and to “adopt – don’t shop” for animals.

There were 68 vehicle entries and counting as the registration deadline approached. The cars came from all over but Barton County has its share of collectors. Deklyn Craven with Shifters of Central Kansas brought a 1962 Mercury Monterey that he bought a couple of years ago in Pratt. Everything on the car is original, he said. The Shifters will host a car show south of the courthouse next month during June Jaunt.

There were also dogs from the Humane Society in the park. Willie Ayers, another volunteer, has handling Zeus, a mix-breed that is 4-5 years old.

Heather Acheson, director of the GBHS, said Zeus has been at the shelter for 215 days. She added he is very agile – having recently jumped a 5-foot fence, and would be best in a one-pet family.

Acheson said the shelter is currently at capacity with 80 animals available for adoption. For more information call 620-792-4297 or visit the shelter at 151 South U.S. 281, Great Bend. It is also on Facebook.