The Friends of the Shelter's Ales for Tails event is a chance for people to hear music, eat barbecued food and adopt a dog.

The Friends of the Shelter's Ales for Tails event is a chance for people to hear music, eat barbecued food and adopt a dog.

The event takes place 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Fats Bar & Billiards, 2992 Hayden Run Plaza. In addition to free billiards and a logo cup, food will be provided by Annie's Southern Catering and Windy City BBQ Ribs, and three acts on local label Singing Moon Records The Tin Hearts, Erika Carey and the John Turck Trio will perform. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 day of the event.

"Our basic goal is raising funds to pay for the medical care for dogs of the Franklin County Dog Shelter," said Amanda Murphy, social media and event coordinator for Friends of the Shelter. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization puts on a variety of fundraising events, such as a Cornhole Tournament at Ten Pin Alley in Hilliard in July.

The dog shelter doesn't receive funds to help sick or injured dogs, Murphy said.

"We come in and work with the Franklin County Dog Shelter employees to pay for those dogs to have surgery and get them back at the shelter so that they're adoptable," Murphy said. "What we do is save the dogs' lives."

"A lot of times we're helping dogs that have come in with a broken leg, but the dog is otherwise completely adoptable, great personality and just needs some surgery and a little bit of recuperative care to be adopted into a forever home," said Janet Hawk, director of Friends of the Shelter.

"We're at a point where we're helping in the neighborhood of 300-350 dogs a year, and the average cost is $150,000 a year that we spend on the medical care," Hawk said. "We raise all of that through fundraising and donations, so we really count on the support of our donors to be able to help those dogs.

"The most gratifying part is to see a dog that otherwise wouldn't have been adoptable heal and be able to find a forever family," she said. "We often get photos from adoptive families after they've taken a dog home, and it's so nice to see those dogs that were sick or injured before now happy and living as part of a family. It's just wonderful."

Hawk said a couple of dogs will be outside of Fats Bar & Billiards during the first hour to greet guests, and there will be photos and information about other dogs inside. The dog would have to be adopted later at the shelter, 1731 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus.

The cost to adopt is $117 for a dog under 5; $67 for dogs 5 years and older. The cost includes licensing, shots, spay/neutering and microchip. For more information, visit