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Valley Humane Society and Kent Winery team up to sell 'the bottle that benefits'

Also: Nonprofit extends 'Feline Freedom Days' promotion through July 31

Tri-Valley wine lovers and pet lovers alike will be supporting man’s best friend when they now buy Dog Day Cabernet, the “bottle that benefits” the Valley Humane Society and is available exclusively at eight Costco locations in Northern California.

Dog Day Cabernet -- a “playful Cabernet Sauvignon” with “lush aromas of kirsch, clove, and five-spice” and a “spice-box savory finish” -- resulted when Darcie Kent, owner of Darcie Kent Vineyards in Livermore, found a mother cat with two kittens in her vineyard one day and took them to the Valley Humane Society for help.

“I was so impressed with their programs, how they serve the community and our animal friends, that I wanted to do something that could help in a big way,” Kent said.

Kent ended up forging an “exciting partnership” with the organization to sell the wine and contribute a portion of the proceeds towards helping the Tri-Valley’s four-legged residents.

“People often assume a connection between the national groups and their smaller humane societies, but in fact Valley Humane Society is supported exclusively by our local community,” said Melanie Sadek, executive director of the Valley Humane Society, about the importance of the campaign.

Since then, Kent Winery has donated $5 from every bottle sold of Dog Day Cabernet, which features Kent’s “faithful, beloved” dogs Shepherd and Brunello on the unique red label as well as the Valley Humane Society’s logo.

Because “very few things last at Costco,” Sadek encouraged the community to grab a bottle of Dog Day Cabernet soon at any of the eight Costco locations now carrying it: Livermore, Danville, Concord, Fremont, Tracy, Manteca, Almaden, and Santa Clara.

Those who don’t imbibe can aid as well; the Valley Humane Society just extended its special adoption event Feline Freedom Days to help find “furrever” homes for 44 cats and kittens. Through July 31, residents have a “last opportunity to join in the celebration of feline independence” and can take home any cat for just $25.

All adoptable cats have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Adoptions are handled on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified adopters. Please allow approximately one hour to complete the adoption process.

The Valley Humane Society is located in Pleasanton at 3670 Nevada St. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.valleyhumane.org or call 426-8656 for more information.

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