Miranda Lambert’s 3rd Annual Cause for Paws Event, hosted by her charity, MuttNation Foundation, was held May 15 in Tyler, Texas and raised $91,000 in ticket sales, sponsorships and auction items. The money will benefit the East Texas Humane Society. Miranda has helped raise $325,000 for the organization in the last three years.
“It is the best feeling in the world to know we are helping in the fight to treat and find homes for abandoned and abused animals,” Miranda said. “Since we started working with the Humane Society of East Texas over 3 years ago, we have donated over $325,000 and they have become a ‘no kill’ shelter. Every year it amazes me that people spend their hard-earned money to partner with us in this fight. I am very grateful!”
Miranda and her band performed during the event along with special guests Nightwork, Kacey Musgraves and Whiskey Myers. Miranda’s fiancé, Blake Shelton, also made a surprise appearance. Miranda agreed to donate $2800 if he would sing “Hillbilly Bone.” She then invited the audience to come forward with “tips” while she and Blake sang together. Over $1000 was collected during their song.
GAC’s Nan Kelley hosted the event and Purina Chef Michael’s Canine Creations acted as the main sponsor. Items auctioned off included a rare Gibson Goddess electric guitar autographed by members of ZZ Top and Miranda. It went for $8,000 in a live auction.
“This year’s event was the best so far,” said Bev Lambert, director of MuttNation. “Miranda was able to bring her full band to her home community and it was the first time many in the area had seen her perform. There was definitely electricity in the air!”
In addition to the funds raised for the East Texas Humane Society, Miranda’s hometown of Lindale, Texas donated $3,600 to the Humane Association of Nashville. The money was collected by the Lindale Independent School District’s “Nickels for Nashville” campaign to help animals affected by record flooding in Nashville.