FRUIT HEIGHTS -- A Davis County shelter dog, with a value of "at least $300," could fetch a lot more than that for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.
Davis County Animal Service has donated a 7-month-old female Shih Tzu to the statewide nonprofit organization to help raise funds during its annual gala and auction, Davis County Animal Services Director Clint Thacker said.
Amberlee Bauman, the nonprofit's development and events coordinator, approached the county several weeks ago, requesting that the shelter donate a dog the organization could auction off to raise money, Thacker said.
Bauman said she made the request of the Davis County animal shelter because she lives in Layton. Her family members have gotten pets from the shelter on numerous occasions and have been happy with them, she said.
This year's annual Big Brothers Big Sisters gala and auction is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown City Creek.
The cost to attend is $100 per person.
In 2010, the Davis County shelter donated a black Lab for the live auction portion of the event. That dog sold for about $1,000, Bauman said.
But both Bauman and Thacker are expecting a higher bid for this year's dog, because it is a female Shih Tzu puppy.
"This is a huge win-win. The shelter gets to help a great organization. The dog gets a great home, and the shelter gets its name out more," Thacker said.
A guitar, scooter and an African safari are also to be auctioned off at the event, Bauman said. She said between ticket sales and the silent and live auctions, the event raises about $70,000 each year for the children in the program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the largest youth-mentoring organization in the U.S. The organization provides one-to-one mentoring relationships between children and adults.