Enjoy the best parts of summer at Wine & Howl, hosted by Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, on Saturday, June 8.

This family event will be held at Deer Springs Winery, 162nd and Adams streets. Bring your dog, a blanket or lawn chair, and join animal lovers for an afternoon of dogs, food, wine and music. The wine will start pouring at 11 a.m., and the bands will play until 5 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.

This year, LAA is excited to have Skylark, KGB Trio (Killer Garage Band) and Hartford/Focht booked for the event. As in previous years, HyVee will supply a variety of food for everyone's taste. There will also be raffle prizes featuring pet, décor and wine baskets from the local area. If you’re looking for a new canine companion, many rescue organizations will have dogs with them that are looking for their forever homes.

Wine & Howl got its start 11 years ago at one of the first LAA board meetings. A board member had attended an event at Prime Country Winery.

“We thought it might work for a dog-friendly event,” said LAA President Mary Douglas, “and over the years, with a move to the quaint and shady Deer Springs Winery, it has evolved into what it is today.”

LAA extends thanks to Eagle Group for donating the printing of our Wine & Howl promotional posters and flyers.

This summer, please also consider a donation of pet food. LAA needs canned food for dogs and cats at its income-based pet food bank for Lancaster County residents. Pet food banks help relieve stress for owners who can’t provide for their pets. They also reduce the number of pets that are taken to already overcrowded shelters. Food donations can be dropped off at LAA’s numerous locations:

• Petco North, 48th and O Street;

• Petco South, 56th and Highway 2;

• Super Saver, 56th and Highway 2;

• Super Saver, 27th and Cornhusker Highway; and

• St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 2325 S. 24th St.

LAA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization funded by donations and fundraisers. It addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in the Lancaster County area by helping pets and their people through a voucher-based, low-cost spay/neuter program, a low-cost vaccination clinic and a temporary assistance pet food bank.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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