Pet rescue ready to host annual gala

By Theresa Java

Marrvelous Pet Rescue hosts its Spayghetti & No Balls Gala on Fri., Nov. 11 at Snook’s Bayside Grand Tiki Bar at MM 95. Funds raised at the event underwrite foster animals’ healthcare throughout the year, which is more than just spaying and neutering pets. The donations are used to offset vaccinations, micro-chipping, medications, behavioral therapy, and more. It’s Marrvelous’ biggest fundraising event of the year.

Kat Spiegel, Marrvelous Pet Rescue coordinator, said, “We are humbled by the outpouring of generosity people have shown us.”

Michelle Beach, who owns the UPS Store at Ocean Reef, has been volunteering on Marrvelous Pet Rescue’s board for the past seven years and she’s the event coordinator behind the Spayghetti & No Balls Gala.

Since this year’s gala falls on Veteran’s Day, the Color Guard will be there presenting the flags and there will be a commemoration service. Then, “yappetizers” will be served; there will be a silent auction, caricature artist, and Key West musician Larry Baeder will perform acoustic music. There will be a live auction during dinner — with a chance to win a ride along with the Pilots and Paws Program. Beach said that after dinner guest DJ FreeFall will get the crowd going and she plans on “dancing, dancing, dancing.”

Beach has a long “thank-you” list to the community who has donated to the cause. The gala venue is being donated by Snook’s Tiki Bar, Chef Michael’s is donating dessert, Keys Kritters is donating wine, and Beach House Gardens is providing centerpieces. And the list goes on and on.   

“We are so thankful that we live in such a gracious and giving community,” said Beach. She claimed that neither the event, nor the rescues would be possible without the help of the community and volunteers coming together for the animals.

The rescue aided 98 pets last year and 88 since January, well ahead of its projected target so far. It serves mostly dogs, but also cats, horses, guinea pigs, and one poor, abused turkey.

All ticket sales go directly to the non-profit organization and are available at If you would like to donate to the pet rescue or purchase tickets via phone, please call Kat Spiegel at 305-453-1315.

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