Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth visits with Venus, one of the many homeless dogs that are temporarily housed at the county’s dog shelter in Ottawa each year. On March 20, Putnam Pet Pals will hold a quarter auction to raise funds to care for dogs like Venus. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth visits with Venus, one of the many homeless dogs that are temporarily housed at the county’s dog shelter in Ottawa each year. On March 20, Putnam Pet Pals will hold a quarter auction to raise funds to care for dogs like Venus. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)

OTTAWA — Putnam Pet Pals is counting on county residents to dip some quarters out of the change jar on March 20, pocket the coins and tote them down to the Cavern Club Winery, Ottawa, around 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the cash comes out and Quartermania breaks loose.

Quartermania is Putnam Pet Pals’ name for the latest and greatest thing in fundraising: the quarter auction wherein participants use only quarters to bid on prizes. “From my understanding, there are different items you can bid on,” explained Putnam County Dog Warden Mike Schroth. “Some items will only cost you a quarter to bid on. Some will cost only fifty cents to bid on and up to maybe a dollar. You raise a paddle and then we come around and collect a quarter from everyone who has a paddle raised. Each paddle has a number. Once we collect the quarters, we pull out numbers. Whatever paddle number we pull out first wins that prize.”

Once in the door, attendees may purchase a bidding paddle for two dollars or three paddles for five dollars. Quartermaniacs will be able to bid on items supplied from several venues, including the Iams Company, Brookys, Hair Unlimited, Hirzel Canning, Beckman Jewelers, Merle Norman, Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, Thirty-one, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef and Scentsy. A signed CD from regional music favorite Nashville Crush is up for grabs.

Schroth said that there are at least 40 prizes up for auction. Any prizes that are not auctioned will be included in a 50/50 drawing that Thursday evening. The funds raised will be used by Putnam Pet Pals to purchase vaccines, heartworm prevention, bowls, leashes, collars and other necessities for the care of homeless canines, many from the Putnam County Dog Shelter. Funds may also be applied towards a new spay and neuter project.

“Every three months we’re going to draw a name for a free basic spay or neuter,” said Schroth. Putnam Pet Pals currently has entry jars for free spay or neuter in veterinary offices in Ottawa and Leipsic. “They have to use the certificate at whatever vet their name is drawn. We’re going to do that four times a year. We want to start helping spay and neuter Putnam County dogs.”

Putnam Pet Pals is a non-profit rescue and advocacy group. The organization is comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to re-homing neglected, abused and homeless pets. Many Putnam Pet Pals volunteers provide foster care for the homeless dogs until a loving permanent home is found.