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'Ponies for Pups' partners

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Last year country act Trick Pony raised over $14,000 for the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter's volunteer organization. Pictured are Heidi Newfield of Trick Pony; Terry Burns, Volunteer Organization Board member;Tanya Beadles and Dawn Ambrose with the shelter;Vo

Ponies are going to perform for Mt. Juliet puppies at what is known as Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter's biggest-ever fundraiser.

The second annual Ponies 4 Pups II, with popular country music group Trick Pony headliners, takes place at The Sutler Saloon March 30, said Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter Volunteer Organization President Will Sellers. He's so excited about the event because last year the concert raised more than $14,000.

"It was our most successful, and we know it will be this year, too," he said. "This group is known to be very involved with animal rights and animal shelters, and we are honored they are taking the time again this year to help us out."

Last year's proceeds went toward "keeping our animals alive," Sellers said of the non-profit volunteer side of the animal shelter in Mt. Juliet.

"Our biggest expenses are the vet bills," he said. "Our job as a charity is to keep the animals alive and placed into forever homes. It's for the animals and people who adopt and rescue groups. Some people come all the way from Boston to adopt from us."

Last year's placement rate was about 97 percent.

The doors for the concert at Sutler Saloon will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets (and they are going fast) are $100 and include a meet and greet with Trick Pony, two drink tickets, an appetizer and an after party.

Heidi Newfield and Keith Burns will showcase the lively concert that will be full length and prefaced with performances by local songwriters and performers to round out an evening of exceptional music.

Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter is low-kill and a model in the United States, with a rare over 90 percent adoption rate. To purchase tickets to the concert, call (615) 238-4448, Kathy Streets at (615) 708-8868 or Lysia Tucker at (615) 642-5728.

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