McALLEN — Families, puppies and pumpkins gathered at Grain to Glass on Sunday to benefit Mercy 4 The Voiceless Animal Sanctuary. Guests carved pumpkins into all different shapes — some scary, some sweet.
Families and friends bought pumpkins for $5, all of which benefit the shelter. All 70 pumpkins were sold and carved. Over $600 was raised for the shelter, as was more than 350 pounds of dog and cat food.
Claudia Bedon, who runs the animal sanctuary, brought two puppies to Sunday’s event where guests could look into adoptions. Another small puppy was dropped off shortly after the event began. Claudia immediately took the dog in and will house it at the shelter in Port Isabel.
Kids sipped sodas, adults drank craft beer and many brought their own dogs. Grain provided tools to carve the pumpkins, while some brought their own. One guest brought a power tool to carve jagged teeth into his pumpkin. One boy designed his pumpkin to look like it was throwing up pumpkin seeds. A woman carved the face of her 3-month-old pet pig, which she brought to the event, into her pumpkin. Another woman carved the logo for Girls Pint Out, a community of women who love craft beer.
Bedon said the donations will help benefit the shelter immensely. Mercy 4 the Voiceless does everything possible to give its animals the best opportunity to live and thrive. For example, a puppy was dropped off at Sunday’s event and Bedon took it in. She will take it to a veterinarian in hopes of helping as much as possible.