Pictured, from left in the check presentation are Animal Shelter Director Ashley Cox; Animal Care Specialist, Roberta Whitacre; Brockhaus Owners, Rod and Rachel Brockhaus; Community Coordinator, Courtney Carpenter and Animal Care Specialist, Michael Laiti
Rod and Rachel Brockhaus and Brockhaus Bar & Grill hosted a benefit event Saturday, Oct. 29. at 855 E. Market Street, Huntington. The event took place to assist the Huntington County Humane Society with various needs. Animals were available to see and hold and a chili cook-off was included. The establishment quickly became filled with pet-related donations. Attendees donated, sampled chili, and could pet a furry friend. Furry Fix, a nonprofit organization from Wabash, donated 10 homeless cat shelters that were sold for $20 each. Mountains of other pet-related items were donated by patrons of the establishment and by the community. “The benefit fund raiser included a silent auction and live auction, and businesses in town donated all kinds of pet needs,” said Rachel Brockhaus. “This is our first event of what we’re hoping to make annual, because we had such a great turn out for this benefit. I am an animal lover, and I donate to the animal shelter all the time,” Brockhaus continued. “The shelter is a small facility, and they need our help.” Along with all the items collected, the proceeds from the benefit totaling $4,340 were presented in check form to members of the society. Katy Hudson, board president for the Animal Society, was in attendance at the event on Saturday and said, “We are blown away and so grateful for everything the Brockhaus family has done for the event. Coming into the establishment and seeing all of the supplies — it’s just amazing,” said Hudson. “We are just overrun with animals right now. Our kennels are so full that our dogs are flowing into our hallways in temporary cages. We have a lot of animals for adoption, and these supplies help us so much.” Rod, Rachel and Tim Brockhaus, Rod’s brother, have owned and operated the business in Huntington for two years, as of Nov. 3, 2022.