NASCAR ticket raffle to help local pets

As any NASCAR enthusiast would note, this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race is the highlight at Dover’s Monster Mile. But some lucky fans who have been unable to grab their tickets still have a last-minute chance to go, thanks to a generous donation.

Last week, four clubhouse seats for an all-inclusive weekend at the Dover Raceway were dropped off to the Georgetown SPCA, in hopes that they could raise some funds to help the animals at the shelter. The tickets, valued at $225 apiece, include VIP parking, a continental breakfast, food and drinks throughout the day and club seats at Sunday’s Sprint Cup at Dover Raceway. Together, the package is worth $900.

An anonymous pet-lover gave the tickets to Georgetown SPCA, which has been selling $10 raffle chances for the premier tickets and plans to use they money raised for the direct benefit of its animals.

“We’re raffling off the tickets together,” said a pleased Kate Hungerford, volunteer at the Georgetown SPCA. “It’s really incredible to have someone out there who wants to help our organization like this.”

The volunteers have been busy spreading the word, passing flyers around town and selling raffle tickets at Browseaboutbooks in Rehoboth Beach. Clear Channel Radio has even donated on-air time to advertise the raffle tickets.

Money from the raffle will be turned around directly to the animals at the Georgetown SPCA, a division of the Delaware SPCA. Established in the 1970s and situated along Route 113, the Georgetown shelter sees steady numbers of animals throughout the year.

“We’ve got about 100 cats right now and close to 100 dogs,” said Hungerford. “In the summertime, we see some abandoned animals after families visit the area, but that means that we have some wonderful animals up for adoption.”

The euthanasia rate at the Delaware SPCA is significantly lower than most. Only animals that are untreatably aggressive or untreatably ill are euthanized, according to Hungerford. Otherwise, they are cared for until their adoption. Roughly 20 volunteers donate their time at the animal shelter – including Hungerford, who began volunteering over a year ago.

“There’s a lot we plan to do with the money raised from the raffles,” she said. “We send some of the animals through training to help them get adopted. There are doggie training camps, beds, lifts for injured or older dogs to get them out of beds, toys, play areas. We aren’t looking to spend the money on the everyday stuff here, like the power bills. What we want to do is really help the animals, directly.”

Raffle tickets for the four VIP passes to the Sprint Cup Series Race on Sunday, May 31, at Dover Speedway cost $10 and can be purchased at the Georgetown SPCA Shelter, located at 22918 South DuPont Highway, in Georgetown. Those wanting their shot should act quickly, as tickets must be purchased before the 3 p.m. drawing on Saturday, May 30.

For more information, stop by the Georgetown shelter or call (302) 856-6361. The Georgetown SPCA is always welcoming more volunteers, as well.