'Drag Queen Bingo' will benefit Sacramento animal shelter

01/03/2013 12:00 AM

01/03/2013 1:15 PM

A midtown hamburger joint will host a raucous "Drag Queen Bingo" tonight, with proceeds benefiting dogs and cats of the city of Sacramento's Front Street animal shelter.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at Hamburger Patties, 1630 J St.

Admission is $15 for those who want to take part in bingo games hosted by "drag queens" with provocative names.

"I will stop at nothing to save the lives of animals," said Gina Knepp, shelter director. "This event is a blast."

In part because of such marketing and fundraising efforts, the shelter has in recent years been finding adoptive homes for more animals and putting fewer of them to death, Knepp said.

According to a new report by the ASPCA, the number of pets killed at Sacramento animal shelters has fallen 28 percent since 2009, with the city leading the progress.

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