Columbia/Nashville artist Miranda Lambert along with her Mutt Nation Foundation raised over $91,000 during the “3rd Annual Cause For The Paws Event,” last weekend. GAC-TV’s Nan Kelley hosted the event with over 800 people on hand.
Purina Chef Michaels creations was the main sponsor and the attendees enjoyed dinner and a concert from MIRANDA and her full band, along with Nightwork, Whiskey and Kacey Musgraves. Blake Shelton also made a surprise performance.
During the encore, Lambert surprised the crowd by inviting Blake onstage. She agreed to donate $2,800 for him to sing “Hillbilly Bone” and then invited the crowd to come up and donate more money as the couple sang together for “tips.” Over $1,000 was collected from the fans during the song.
“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 animal,” said Lambert. “Since we started working with the Humane Society of East Texas over three 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.”
This year some of the proceeds were donated to animals affected by the Nashville flood.
Source: All Access
Miranda Lambert is gearing up to host her third annual Cause for the Paws event at the Villa di Felicita in Tyler, Texas on Saturday, May 15. The concert and auction will benefit the Humane Society of East Texas, which in the last three years has become a no-kill shelter for abandoned, neglected and abused animals.
Cause for the Paws is a charity Miranda’s mom, Bev, put together in her honor. Since the charity began, they have raised nearly $300,000.
“What sparked [the event] was I’ve always loved animals. In ‘The House That Built Me’ , there’s some of my real home footage, and I’m holding 18 puppies and kissing them,” Miranda tells The Boot. “So I went to the shelter [where] I used to volunteer, and I got Delilah, my white dog, the first one I got who went on the road with me. I just saw how overloaded they were. She was in a cage inside the building, not even outside because they had nowhere to put her. It sparked something, and I was like, ‘We need to help raise some money!’ And they went from euthanizing 8,000 dogs three years ago to [euthanizing] eight [this past year] — and they only did [those eight] because of disease or old age. They have pretty much become a no-kill shelter just because of the resources that Cause for the Paws has brought to them.”
Miranda’s crusade to save animals has now expanded to her new home state … with plans to keep growing.
“We did [a benefit] called Hearts and Tails in Tishomingo, where I bought my farm in Oklahoma,” Miranda reports. “And they didn’t have a shelter at all, and it was just awful. And that’s why I have six dogs, because I found them on the side of the road in Oklahoma and there’s nowhere to take them … It was just pens and tarps at the sewer plant, it was just terrible.”
Additionally, Miranda started the Mutt Nation Foundation last year because she wanted to make sure the money she raised in different cities actually went to the shelters. “That Sarah McLachlan commercial, I hate it,” she laments. “You know, the one where you have to turn it, and you start bawling. But sometimes giving money to just a commercial that you see, I’m scared, ‘Is the money gonna go to a nice shelter? Or is it gonna go to someone’s pocket?’ I get paranoid, and some people feel that way. So I just thought, well I wanna visit myself and see where the money goes. So hopefully, eventually every month or so on the road, I’ll get to stop at a shelter when we’re playing in that city and visit and see what they need or see what sending them before did. I just want to be hands on.”
Miranda wants to clear up a previous statement about fellow singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. “I want to say one more thing — when I said I hated the Sarah McLachlan commercial, I love Sarah McLachlan!,” she exclaims. “I just hate her for singing that song with the sad poor animals. It just makes me wanna die. That’s all. I’m gonna tour with her, [and] I don’t want her to start hating me!”
The newly-engaged star with the big heart encourages people to adopt animals instead of going to a breeder. “I have six amazing dogs,” Miranda says, “and they all came from a shelter.”
Miranda recently did an interview with The Boot. They discuss her success at the awards, her friendship with Carrie Underwood, her relationship with Blake, her celebrity fans, and writing for her new album! Check it out below!
Miranda Lambert is riding high with her recent success, having taken home not one, but three ACM Awards, including the Album of the Year for ‘Revolution’ and Top Female Vocalist. It’s the second time she’s captured the ACM’s Album of the Year prize, and the first time a female solo artist has accomplished that feat. She also earned her wings when she flew straight to the top of the country charts — for the first time — with her hit ‘White Liar’ earlier this year.
Miranda is now experiencing another first — dipping her toes into the headlining pool. The feisty yet feminine performer has top billing with her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour, which winds its way around the Midwest this month. She says the tour has “exceeded her expectations,” with many of the shows being sold out.
On Sunday (May 9), the Texas native performs on an episode of the popular ABC series, ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ along with Sheryl Crow, who sang with Miranda on her latest smash hit, ‘The House That Built Me.’ (Tune in on Sunday at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.)
The Boot caught up with Miranda at a Nashville studio, to talk with her about her recent ACM wins, one of the coolest things she’s ever received from an artist she looks up to … literally, and how her life is changing in an unbelievable way. She also talks about relationships — her friendship with Carrie Underwood, her tight-knit relationship with her mother and how much she respects her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, as a person and as an artist. She also reveals how she “stole” ‘The House That Built Me,’ from Blake.