Paws to Celebrate is a Silent and Live Auction event to raise funds for homeless and neglected pets in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. Each year you help us raise over $70,000 for the care and treatment for the animals looking for forever homes at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. With your support, these animals are cared for, loved, and comforted as they wait for the second chance they so deserve.

Paws to Celebrate includes a live auction, silent auction, Heads or Tails game, and miscellaneous other ways to win! We feature a handful of the best chefs in the area for appetizers and desserts as well! Our silent auction packages are won with online bidding so a mobile number will be required. We will have Bid Assistants at the auction to assist you should you need help with bidding online. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.  

Purchase your Tickets here! 
Paws To Celebrate is a 21+ Event. 

Where is Paws to Celebrate 2023?
The event will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center on April 15th from 5pm-10pm
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale Dec 14th 2022
When is the latest I can purchase tickets?
Online ticket sales will end at 2pm, Friday, April 14th. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

What is the attire requirement?
The attire requirement is dependent on how fancy you want your night to be.
Semi-formal to business casual is typically what the attendees of the event wear. 
Will there be seating for everyone?
Yes, we will have a seat available for every attendee
Will a meal be provided?
Yes. There will be a seated meal for the main course provided, with a choice of meat or vegetarian. 
There will also be appetizers, desserts and more from the best-of-the-best local chefs!
How many drink tickets will I receive?
Every ticket purchase comes with 2 free drinks. If you wish to use one of your free drinks, show your card to the bartender and they will punch your card when you receive a drink. If you have used all your punches, drinks are still available from the cash bar. 
How do I get set up with online bidding?

When you purchase your ticket online, you will receive a message to take part in Online Bidding with set up instructions. 

At check-in, you will be asked if you received this message.

  • If yes, you will just need to click the link!
  • If not, you will be asked for your mobile phone number and will momentarily receive a text message.
    If you do not receive a text message, please notify a staff member or volunteer for assistance. 
How do I bid?

You must purchase a ticket to attend the event to access our online bidding. We will have online bidding this year, so a mobile number will be required when you purchase a ticket or check in to the event. 

  1. Once logged in, your bidding number will be displayed under the menu.
  2. Search for auction package:
        - By Name or Number when using the magnifying glass
        - By Category listed under the menu
        - By "No Bids" under the menu
        - Click the house to go back to your home screen.
  3. Place a bid:
        - Bid - Bid the next increment
        - Bid More - Bid more than the next increment or set your Max Bid!
          Bidding will automatically continue in your favor until max bid is reached or until the auction closes.
          If you bid is lower than the highest max bid on that package, you will be prompted to enter a higher bid.
  4. If you are outbid, you will be notified via text message. You will also see a notification on your home screen.
Do I have to use the online bidding to win an item?

If you would like to bid on any of the silent auction items, you will need to use the online bidding platform. We will have Bid Assistants available to help you understand the process, as well as instructions in the program and at each table. 

You will not need to use online bidding to bid on Live Auction items, to enter the raffle drawings, or participate in Restaurant Roulette or Collar Toss

What items can I bid on without online bidding?
Our Live Auction items will not utilize online bidding and neither will our raffle items, Restaurant Roulette, or collar toss
Will the items still be on the tables to view?
Yes. All the silent auction items will still be able to be seen in person and taken home the same night of the event. 
How do I use a Bid Assistant?

Bid Assistants will be volunteers who will be at the event to help you, should you need assistance understanding the bidding process, helping place a bid on your own device, or helping place a bid in general. 

  1. Locate a Bid Assistant
  2. Give the Bid Assistant your bidder number or bidder name
  3. Provide the number or name of the package you wish to bid on, and the amount you wish to bid.
  4. The Bid Assistant will show you how to check the current bid and how to re-bid on your own if you are outbid again. 

The Bid Assistants are available to help teach you the online bidding process so you can successfully bid on your own!

Can I make a donation via the online bidding?

Yes! To make a donation, you can choose to Fund A Need or select the Donation button your home screen. Choose a preset amount or select the Custom Amount button.

What happens with the bids when the auction closes?
Once the auction closes the guest with the highest bids on the packages will win. Check your Bids area to view what you have won! You may then proceed to the check-out table, where your winnings will be confirmed and then given to you. Please do not take items off the tables yourself. Our volunteers will collect them for you after you have proceeded through check-out. 
If I win something what do I do?
If you win an item, please proceed to check-out. Do not grab your items from the tables, our volunteers will collect those for you once you have completed the check-out process.
Can I bid from anywhere?

To have access to bid, you must purchase a ticket. 

To have access to the physical event you must purchase an admission ticket. This will give you access to silent auction, live auction, raffle, plus a meal and other ways to win. 

We understand that not everyone is comfortable attending in person yet. We have a ticket option available to access the silent auction from anywhere! This is not an admission ticket for the event. 

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