With the state of the economy and the preponderance of lazy people (neuter your cat, jackass!), animal shelters need our help now more than ever. Pet Helpers is hosting a couple of events next week to help raise money for the shelter. Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, and make sure and go out to support the worthy organization.

On Wed. April 29, enjoy a three-course meal at Iacofano’s at Mangia for Mutts. The event features a three-course meal, music from the Pickled Beets, a silent auction, and comedy from Shon Kennedy of Theatre 99. Tickets are $25, $45 per couple.

On Sat. May 2, Pet Helpers partners with O’Malley’s for a Cookout on King. For $10 you’ll get plenty of yummy cook-out food and music from Hollow Reed. There will be games as well.

Call Pet Helpers at (843) 795-1110 for more info on both events.