$2,500 raised for animals in need


By Ciara Conley - [email protected]



Musician Henry Gross, an animal-lover and no stranger to heartache, teamed up with Sierra’s Haven to put on the ‘Cause for Paws’ concert held last Thursday.


Last Thursday, July 21, music-lovers and animal aficionados gathered for a concert at Port City Cafe and Pub to support Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets.

The second annual ‘Cause for Paws,’ concert raised over $2,500 dollars for Sierra’s Haven.

“It was a really great evening,” said Shawnee Animal Clinic’s Dr. Gail Counts. “We sold over 70 tickets and overall it was a great night.”

The shelter was founded in memory of Counts’ brother Bernie. Bernie Counts, Jr. was the brother of Dr. Gail Counts, who serves as the President and Executive Director of Sierra’s Haven. He died at the age of 42 of a heart attack. Sierra, his cat, stayed by his side until he was found by a neighbor. Sierra has since passed away, but both Sierra’s and Bernie’s memories will live forever in the work being done at Sierra’s Haven.

The concert, was a performance by Henry Gross, an American singer-songwriter best known for his association with the group Sha Na Na and for his hit song, Shannon. In 1976 when Shannon was climbing the charts, few knew that Gross was singing from a broken heart. The power ballad that sold a million records and was a top 10 hit, was about the death of Beach Boys member Carl Wilson’s Irish Setter and the pain we all feel after losing a pet.

“Henry did an amazing job and everyone really enjoyed the show,” explained Counts. “This was the second year we’ve done the show and we’re going to make it an annual event. It just continues to grow every year. We’re really grateful to Henry for agreeing to do this and to Steve Hayes for helping promote and organize the concert. We’re also so glad that Port City provides us with a space to do this as well as the food and the drinks for the evening. And of course, we’re grateful for the continual support of the community.”

Sierra’s Haven is a no-kill animal shelter, staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers working together to help find safe, loving homes for adoptable pets. Whether strays, drop- offs or animals in need of medical attention, Sierra’s has opened their doors to thousands of animals and saving their lives.

For more information, you can visit Sierra’s Haven wesbite at www.sierrashaven.org, and on Facebook “Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets.”

Musician Henry Gross, an animal-lover and no stranger to heartache, teamed up with Sierra’s Haven to put on the ‘Cause for Paws’ concert held last Thursday.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Henry-Gross-RECAP.jpgMusician Henry Gross, an animal-lover and no stranger to heartache, teamed up with Sierra’s Haven to put on the ‘Cause for Paws’ concert held last Thursday.

By Ciara Conley

[email protected]

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara

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