Animals often get the short end of life’s stick thanks to neglectful and/or uneducated people. Fortunately, there are heaps of humans who try to rectify that egregiousness by helping the critters who cannot help themselves. In 2014, the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society found homes for 225; they hope to adopt out 350 in 2015. To that end, the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society is having a night of Italian food and drink with proceeds going to benefit the shelter’s animals. Spaghetti and meatballs will be served up by Trattoria Grappolo, and vino will be provided by Lucas & Lewellen and Grassini Family vineyards. The evening takes place Friday, February 20, 5 p.m., at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church (2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos). Tickets (sold by donation) for the food fest are available by calling the shelter at 688-8224. To see its adoptable pets online, see


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