Aspen Animal Shelter to boogie down for the dogs and cats |

Aspen Animal Shelter to boogie down for the dogs and cats

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times
Seth Sachson, wearing his shades and disco bell bottom pants, auctions off Winnie the dog to the Seth Burger family from New York at the 2013 fundraiser. Sachson's sister, Jill Trattler, helps with the auction and is holding Winnie.
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It’s time to get retro and find your hot pants, platform shoes, bell bottoms and gel for some big hair for the third annual Dancing for the Dogs and the Cats fundraiser at 6 o’clock Saturday night.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter. The fundraiser features dinner, drinks, disco dancing, plus a live and silent auction under the stars in Snowmass.

Seth Sachson, director of the Aspen Animal Shelter, is hosting the event for the third consecutive year at his ranch in Old Snowmass. The fundraiser will include food from Kenichi restaurant in Aspen, dancing to live disco music by Boogie Machine, an opportunity to visit with adoptable shelter pets, and both a silent and live auction.

Guests are encouraged to wear their best ‘70s disco outfits.

“The fundraiser is always a blast,” Sachson said. “I really believe in disco music. It’s a fun, universal energy that gets people to dance and smile.”

General admission tickets to the event cost $300 with VIP tickets going for $550.

All proceeds will support Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter. The shelter promotes and provides for the welfare, care and health of animals. The goals of the shelter are to support the efforts of like-minded, community-based programs, educate the community on the care of animals and sustain the Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter.

The Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter is a privatized, for-profit, no-kill shelter, primarily supported by income created via the Aspen Boarding Kennel. The shelter provides sanctuary for the homeless dogs and cats of Aspen, Pitkin County and beyond. Each homeless pet is neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped prior to adoption.

The Aspen Boarding Kennel generates revenue in order to support the homeless pets living in the Aspen Animal Shelter. It also allows the shelter to operate as a self-sustaining facility that saves the lives of hundreds of homeless animals.

“The fundraiser is really icing on the cake for us,” Sachson said. “The money we raise will help us care for and neuter as many animals as possible.”

On Sunday, Sachson will donate the use of his tent and land for the annual Snowmass Community Picnic sponsored by the Snowmass/Capital Creek caucus from 4 to 7 p.m.

The community event is free with guests encouraged to bring their favorite picnic dish and adult beverage.

To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to