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For pets' sake

By MADELINE LEWIS
Nov. 16, 2008 at 5:16 a.m.


Kinky Friedman and Ann Richards are looking for loving homes.

Or, more precisely, two dachshund, terrier, schnauzer and Labrador mixes named after the famous Texans are looking for loving homes.

The dogs attended the James Forman Memorial Benefit on Sunday at Riverside Convention Center in Victoria. The event raised money for Adopt-A-Pet, the non-profit organization that is currently taking care of the animals.

The day-long benefit featured performances from six local bands and one from Houston, a silent auction and a large cake donated by PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), a non-profit organization in Victoria that assists low-income pet owners with the expense of spaying and neutering their animals.

It honored the life of James Forman, a Victoria man who died in his sleep a year ago, said Lance Hayes, his friend and the event's organizer. Forman loved animals, owning 13 cats and two dogs at the time of his death.

"He was a valued customer at PetSmart," Hayes said, laughing.

Forman spoke to Hayes in dream several months ago and told his friend to hold an event that would reunite their old friends, Hayes said.

"I had to come up with a reason to get everyone together," Hayes said.

The deceased man's widow, Priscilla Forman, and cousin, Jarrad Forman, both of Victoria, attended the benefit and said they were pleased he was being celebrated.

"This is everything that James would have wanted," Priscilla said. "His biggest fear would be not to be remembered."

Representatives from Victoria's Adopt-A-Pet viewed the event as an opportunity to talk to people about pet care and their organization, which takes in hundreds of cats and dogs like Kinky Friedman and Ann Richards every year and tries to find them homes.

"It's a good educational opportunity," said Carol Klages, president of the local organization's board.

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